Comedian and radio host Rickey Smiley’s 19-year-old daughter was shot in a furious incident in Texas and underwent surgery on Monday.
Smiley, 51, struggled with tears as he revealed on his morning radio show in Birmingham, Alabama that his youngest daughter, Aaryn, was on his way to a Whataburger in Houston on Sunday night.
“I’m just so angry right now,” Smiley said.
“I go to bed at 8:30 or 9 o’clock and wake up to text messages,” he continued.
“The fact that she goes to the hospital and probably will have to undergo surgery … She just cries, she’s scared and I just hate it.”
The teen, a student at Baylor University, was caught between two people shooting at each other while waiting for the red light and met three times, Smiley said.
She was on surgery at a Houston hospital on Monday, he later tweeted.
“Thank you for your prayers or our daughter,”
In a YouTube video titled “Thank God for Protecting My Daughter,” Smiley vented his frustration over gun violence around the country this weekend.
“Today could have been different,” he said. “I could have been at the funeral home … with the families [of those] killed in DC, in Atlanta and all people killed in Chicago. “
“Someone has to bury his child,” Smiley continued. “I’m lucky that mine are still alive.”