When rapper Migos TakeOff was gunned down outside a downtown Houston bowling alley late last year, many people didn’t realize he wasn’t the only victim.
HOUSTON – “Many don’t know, but on November 1st I was caught in the crossfire of a gunfight and was shot in the head.”
When rapper Migos TakeOff was gunned down outside a bowling alley in downtown Houston last year, many people didn’t realize he wasn’t the only victim. A 23-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman were also injured in the shooting. Both of them survived their traumas.
A 24-year-old woman was shot in the head and was lucky enough to live to tell her story.
It’s hard for her to talk about it, but once she was ready, Sydney Leday sat down with KHOU 11 reporter Grace White to talk about what happened that night, and weeks and months later.
The shooting took place on November 1, but Lede’s party started the night before. She had turned 24 two days earlier and was with friends celebrating a personal milestone as well as Halloween.
“Like any other 24-year-old, I was just having fun and celebrating,” she said.
Leday used to live in Los Angeles, so interacting with celebrities was nothing new. That’s why when she showed up at a private party around midnight and saw rappers Migos TakeOff and Quavo, she wasn’t blown away.
She said she was dressed like a “cute” nun and enjoyed her night.
“I really never dress up for Halloween and that made me very happy,” she said.
She said that everyone was just hanging out, and that was quite normal – until it was.
Toward the end of the event, around 2:30, she said she felt something was wrong. She said she saw Quavo get upset during a dice game. At first she thought it was just a friendly joke, but she quickly realized that something was about to go wrong.
“That’s when I realized something was wrong,” she said.
She said that the argument between the people playing dice quickly escalated, and she ran. Just then, gunshots rang out outside 810 Billiards and Bowling Alley.
Leday fell to the ground and felt a burning sensation in the back of her head. She got up and walked to her friend’s car. Luckily, they were only 12 minutes away from Hermann Memorial Hospital.
Week in the hospital
Leday said she remembers the first time she woke up in the hospital after being in a coma and intubated. She said her family was all around her and all she could think about was going home.
“I was in the hospital for about a week. I really didn’t want to be there,” she said.
She said she was grateful to be alive after a terrible ordeal that nearly cost her her life.
“I can just say I’m grateful to be here,” she said.
Leday remembers everything that happened, right down to calling her mother on the way to the hospital that night. She said she called just before the attack.
“I remember what happened because I was on my feet the whole time after I got shot in the head, I called my mom and told her what happened and told her to come (to the hospital),” she said.
Leday said she understands the extent of her injuries due to the bite to the back of her head. She said she woke up twice during her recovery in the hospital.
“I think I woke up twice. The first time… I panicked, so I was sedated again. we didn’t talk. Then they euthanized me again because I didn’t like intubation. They said they had to put restrictions on me because I kept trying to get him out,” Leday said.
Fortunately, she miraculously recovered and was able to return home after spending about a week in the hospital.
I am going home
When Leday went home, that’s when, in her words, “the real stuff started.” As soon as she got there, she had a panic attack and said she had no appetite.
She didn’t even know that someone else had been shot at the bowling alley that night, including TakeOff. Leday said that she replays the night in her head and feels terrible that other people have been hurt.
Born and raised in Houston, the community she grew up in now unites around her recovery. They are raising money to help pay her medical bills.
Leday’s further story will be told Thursday, including interviews with her mother and her lawyer, who said more needed to be done that night to control the crowd.