Victim in Oklahoma City Restaurant shooting returns home from the hospital

Posted at 5:55 PM, May 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-01 08:08:10-04

MUSTANG, Okla. - The young girl shot at an Oklahoma City restaurant is finally home from the hospital. 

12-year-old Saniyah Giles and her mother were both shot when police said a man opened fire inside Louie's Bar and Grill during her sister's birthday celebration last week. 

When her classmates were celebrating their last day of school Saniyah was celebrating life. 

“It felt like a nightmare."

Her grandmother Nancy Gelino rushed from Tulsa last Thursday after her daughter Natalie's hysterical phone call. 

“You don’t expect when you go to dinner to have gunshots flying everywhere," she said. 

A 28-year-old stranger tried to break their family, but he didn't stand a chance. 

“It’s made us realize God is in charge.”

On Tuesday, holding her father's hand, Saniyah felt the warm sun for the first time in days as she left OU Medical to head home to Mustang. 

“Like someone said, every day is a birthday right?" said her grandfather Stephen Giles. 

Her family from around the country, friends and of course puppies are all watching over her. 

“It was a great moment, we were all just that thankful that the Lord was there for her, her sister, her mom," said her grandmother Carol Giles. 

In a statement her parents said they can't thank everyone enough for their prayers. 

“Life is short. Sometimes I think we have a tendency to take the precious things for granted," Gelino said. 

But not anymore. 

Wrapped in her father's arms Saniyah and her family treat each and every moment together like a gift. 

“This could’ve been so much worse."

The outpouring of support continues to grow for this family.

Their community has created many ways for people to help them, you can find links to them below: 

Help with the family's medical bills here.

Help the family with meals here

There is also a contribution account setup at all BancFirst locations. 

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