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Rampage victim leaves hospital

A 10-year-old girl who was wounded during a motel shooting left a hospital Monday with a Winnie the Pooh stuffed animal under her arm and a bullet still lodged in her chest.

Vicki Smith left Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Women accompanied by her parents and sister.

The girl was with her relatives at John's Resort in Haines City last Thursday when masked gunmen burst through the motel door and began firing.

Bullets struck Vicki in the chest and mouth. Her 15-year-old sister, Morgan, was hit in the hand. Her uncle, mother and aunt also were shot.

Doctors decided it would be too dangerous to remove the bullet lodged near Vicki's heart. A bullet also chipped two of the girl's teeth and sliced open her lip.

Her family said they planned to return to their home in Hinesville, Ga., on Wednesday.

"They said I could go to school, and I could start playing with my horses and dancing," Vicki said as she left the hospital.

Three teenagers were arrested in the shooting and two other attacks last week that left two people dead and seven others injured. Investigators said the suspects intended to rob and carjack their victims but botched their attempts.

Sylathum Antwan Streeter, 16, and Victor Lester, 17, face two counts of first-degree murder and seven counts of attempted murder. Curtis Shuler, 16, is being held on two counts of first-degree murder and two of attempted murder.

State Attorney Jerry Hill said Monday he wants to see the three tried as adults. The case is expected to go before a grand jury.

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