'Neighborhood grandma' will need weeks in hospital to recover from gunshot wound

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ALIQUIPPA, Pa. - A woman known as the neighborhood grandma in Aliquippa is recovering in the hospital Friday after she was shot Thursday evening on her porch.

Police said they suspect three teens in the shooting and that the 65-year-old victim, Karen Cubbage, was an innocent bystander.

Cubbage will likely be at Allegheny General Hospital for the next several weeks recovering from the gunshot that shattered her heel.

Cubbage told Channel 11 she's in excruciating pain.  


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She said she's fed up with what her town has turned into and wants out of Aliquippa. 

"Everybody was screaming, 'Grandma! Grandma got hit! Gotta get grandma outta here!'" Cubbage said from her hospital room. "And the one just started firing. They just started firing gunshots."

Police said a total of six shots were fired, and one of them went straight through Cubbage's ankle.  

Doctors used screws to put her foot back together.

"It started hurting really bad, started burning," Cubbage said.

She said she remembers her loved ones shielding her and offering help.  

Police said three teens opened fire outside of her home.

She believes her nephew was the intended target because he had exchanged words with one of the suspects earlier in the day and had planned to fight him.

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"She wasn't even crying. She said it burns," Roxanne Findley, Cubbage's daughter, said. "They shot my mom right in front of me, right in front of me."

After she was shot, she said, the teens didn't appear to show any remorse.

"Them kids are nothing but punks, that's all they are," Cubbage said. "They need to grow up and quit acting like that."

Aliquippa police said they're reviewing surveillance footage and following up on leads.  

Coincidentally, Cubbage's daughter was shot in the same area of her foot back in 2009.

Police Chief David Couch Jr. said the three people that officers are looking for are in their late teens, and arrests are coming.

“It's generally a quiet area. We have every intention of bringing these people to justice,” Couch said.


 

 

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