Rickey Smiley's Teen Daughter Shot Multiple Times in Alleged Road Rage Incident

Comedian Rickey Smiley says his 19-year-old daughter Aaryn is recovering after being shot in Houston, Tex. on Sunday night.

By McKenna Aiello Jul 07, 2020 1:27 AMTags
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Rickey Smiley's 19-year-old daughter is recovering after being shot multiple times in Houston, Tex. on Sunday night. 

The comedian shared details of the incident on The Rickey Smiley Morning Show and social media, later confirming that Aaryn Smiley had successfully made it out of surgery on Monday. 

According to Smiley, the teen was unintentionally caught in gunfire while driving to pick up food from Whataburger. 

"My daughter was shot last night," Smiley explained in a YouTube video. "She was on her way to Whataburger to get something to eat. I think she was at a stop light and some guys got out of the car and were shooting at each other and she got hit twice."

"Today could have been different," he said. "I could have been down there at the funeral home."

According to the Houston Chronicle, three men and one woman, identified as Aaryn, were wounded by an individual who opened fire at an intersection in an apparent act of road rage. Aaryn, who authorities state was not involved in the altercation between the assailant and three men, was struck as she waited for the red light to turn green. 

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Aaryn, who attends Baylor University and is studying medicine, shared a graphic photo of a blood-soaked car seat to her Instagram Stories, writing, "Words can't describe how grateful I am to be alive right now."

"This is the most terrifying thing that has ever happened to me," she wrote. "I won't be out of the hospital for a while nor will I be able to walk for a while due to nerve damage."

Aaryn also shared a photo from her hospital bed and wrote, "Scariest part of all of this is the fact that I'm alone. They won't let me see my parents or let anyone in because of COVID. I'm terrified."

Later Monday, Rickey said he was flying to Houston to be by his daughter's side as she recovered. 

"My daughter made it out of her operation. She's doing great!! Thank you for your prayers!!!!" the radio personality shared on social media.

Aaryn is the youngest of Smiley's four children. 

Local reports state that authorities are still searching for the suspect. 

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