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Girl shot on Breckenridge still in ICU, fighting infection

The 13-year-old Buffalo girl who was struck by a stray bullet last week while standing on her porch remains in intensive care at Women & Children's Hospital and is now fighting an infection.

"She is not out of the woods by any stretch of the imagination," said Meg Sano, who is acting as a spokeswoman for Lexi Behan's family.

Lexi was waiting for a taxi on the porch of her family's home on Breckenridge Street with her mother, sister and other young relatives at about 9:30 p.m. Thursday, when someone opened fire near the intersection of Grant Street and Breckenridge.

Lexi was shot in the chest. The bullet entered the right side of her chest, pierced both lungs and is lodged near the carotid artery, Sano said. She underwent a four-hour surgery Friday and doctors were weighing whether to operate again to repair a tear to her esophagus.

Over the weekend, doctors tried to take Lexi off the ventilator.

"She mouthed 'Home' and she mouthed 'Love you' to her mother," Sano said.

But doctors put her back on the ventilator, Sano said.

Michael Ortiz, 33, also was shot in the same incident. He was hit in the face and was reported in stable condition at Erie County Medical Center.

Police are still searching for the gunman. Investigators asked anyone with information about the shooting to call the Buffalo police confidential TIPCALL line at 847-2255.

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As Lexi's family takes turns watching over her at the hospital, Lexi's older brother started a gofundme.com campaign to help his mother and sisters move out of their house and also help cover Lexi's medical expenses.

"I'm moving my three sisters and mom asap," Gabor Karpati wrote on the gofundme page. "We will only be taking clothing and personal belongings, no furniture will be taken. My goal is to move immediately upon finding a safer place for them to live."

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