Every year, nearly 3000 children and teens die from gunfire, and nearly 14,000 are injured.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

11-year old and 14-year old boys wounded in Florida drive-by

Antonio Miller, age 11
11-year old Antonio Miller and 14-year old Ted Phillips were hanging out in their Miami neighborhood when a blue truck drove up and someone inside started firing at them.  Antonio was wounded in an arm and in a leg.  Ted was shot in the leg.

The boys think it was a case of mistaken identity.

Antonio's father isn't sure if it was luck or a higher power that spared his son's life, but knows how lucky he is to have his son home. "Life is precious," said Anthony. "You can't bring that back. Once it's gone, it's gone. So you need to start doing some thinking, a lot more thinking than just picking up a weapon and going to shoot."
Ted Phillips, age 14
Alicia Gadson, Ted's mother, is also grateful her son survived the shooting. "I am grateful that my son is here, he is able to get up and walk, I'm just grateful he is able to talk," she said. 
Ted will be on crutches until the hole in his leg closes. He says he can't wait for the pain to go away so he can go back to school and play sports. "I'm smart at school, my grades are good," he said. "It could have messed up my football career."
When asked what Antonio thought about the people who shot him, he said, "Stupid."
The gunman is still at large.
(a related article with additional details)

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