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Child shot in Port St. Lucie road rage slowly making progress

Posted at 5:27 PM, Nov 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-08 04:35:36-05

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. –  Family members are calling it a miracle in progress. Preslie, the 3-year-old girl shot in the head during a road rage incident, is showing signs of improvement.

As Preslie continues her fight in the hospital, businesses and community members are rallying behind her.

Inside Marco’s Pizza in Port St Lucie Wednesday, the staff worked as a unit making pizzas. Now, they’re joining forces to help a sick little girl they’ve never met.

"She was doing nothing, she doesn't deserve this,” said Tresia Sutherland, general manager at Marco’s Pizza. 

Sutherland says she remembers hearing the sirens on Oct. 28, shortly after Preslie was shot while sitting in the back seat.

"We definitely weren't prepared for what we woke up to the next day," Sutherland said.

This week, Preslie is showing progress by opening her eyes, giving a thumbs up and moving her leg after doctors woke her up from an induced coma. Family members created a ‘Preslie Strong’ Facebook page to share updates on her recovery.

There is a request to keep the child in your prayers.

"It actually brought tears to my eyes, but of course tears of happiness," said Rachael Haskins, who works at Marco’s Pizza and has been following the case.

Marco's has already raised $200 with a donation jar on the counter, and for the rest of the month, the staff has decided to donate their tips to Preslie's family.

"So we decided that any way we can help, even if it's money that comes out of our pockets absolutely," Haskins said.

Port Saint Lucie Police are still trying to track down a black car seen on surveillance video after the shooting in the 1000 block of SE Bywood Avenue.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective A. Hardison at 772-871-7324 or by email.

The story has gripped the community, and Marco's Pizza is offering up prayers and remaining "Preslie Strong."

"She seems like she is an amazing child. I think she is going to do great with this, and with the public's help they're going to come through this just fine," Sutherland said.

Marco's plans to hold another fundraiser on Nov. 28 at its two locations at 916 SW Gatlin Blvd. and 901 E Prima Vista Blvd.

Twenty-percent of the total sales at both pizza shops will be donated, and Sutherland plans to present the money to the family.