Doctors at East Tennessee Children's Hospital in Knoxville believe Ariel had a stroke after the bullet hit one of her arteries, WCYB-TV reported.
Ariel’s condition was stable following surgery, according to the news station.
Johnson County Sheriff Eddie Tester said the department is investigating the shooting and trying to determine who fired the gun, the Tomahawk reported.
A GoFundMe campaign for the family has raised more than $3,000 toward a $5,000 goal. Learn more here.