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

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

14 year old California boy injured by stray bullet while walking home from school

A 14 year old boy was injured by a stray bullet apparently meant for someone else as he walked home from school in Antioch, California:
An Antioch teenager, walking home from school, was wounded in a spray of gunfire Monday afternoon. The 14-year-old boy was on the 1400 block of Sycamore Street, a few blocks from his house, when a bullet struck him in the lower arm.
"Everybody scattered when they heard the shots, everybody scattered," witness Dovie Brown told KTVU.
She heard four shots and came out of her house, to see the boy running in a panic, apparently trying to get home.
Brown and others sat him down on a grassy front yard, as police and paramedics were called.
"He kept saying, 'I'm okay, I'm okay," she recalled, the boy calm as blood ran down his arm.
"I got a towel to wrap it in, " added Brown, "and someone called his mother, and she came running down, and she was really messed-up, I thought she was going to faint, so I tried to comfort her."
"It is an area known for some violence," Antioch Police Lieutenant John Vanderklugt told KTVU.
Witnesses told investigators the bullets came from a man walking on the same side of the street as the victim, who started shooting his handgun at a small, dark, compact car that sped away.
"Our victim was in between the suspect and the vehicle, and that's how our victim was injured," explained Vanderklugt.

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