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Five Points shooting victim takes trip out of rehab facility

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Martha Childress Martha Childress
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

The young woman who was hit by a stray bullet last month in Five Points has taken her first trip out of the facility where she has been rehabbing from her injury.

Family spokesperson James Carpenter says 18-year-old Martha Childress "Seems to be making good progress with the program."

In addition to her first venture out of her Atlanta rehab facility, a visit to Lenox Square Mall, Childress also spent the week designing and ordering a wheelchair.

Carpenter, who is her uncle, says Childress seemed "to be in good spirits" when he visited her Sunday.

"When I was there, she was able to move herself, without any significant assistance, from sitting the edge of the bed to sitting in a wheelchair," said Carpenter.

"She values and appreciates the support of her friends and family, and enjoys their correspondence through social media, e-mail and the good, old-fashioned US postal system," he said.

Childress was shot while waiting for a cab with friends in Five Points.  Police say 21-year-old Michael Juan Smith was shooting at two men with whom he had argument, but one of the bullets hit Childress.  He is charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, and possession of a stolen gun.

Michael Juan Smith, Martha's alleged shooter, was indicted by a federal grand jury Nov. 5 for possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon, court records show.

An arraignment has been scheduled for Nov. 19.

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