The 11-year-old victim, also too afraid to be identified, told Eyewitness News he was walking next door to get his sister when he was hit. He looked very sad and didn't say anything else, he looked at the ground, his guardian who he calls mom told us, "He's better, pellets still there."
The bird pellets from the shotgun are still in the child's chest, arm, leg, and temple. He showed the scar on his arm. The neighbor adds, "That's one of the saddest parts of it all out of the many young people who have died behind these shootings… young people."
The little boy is expected to make a full recovery.
Just a few doors down one neighbor said it could have been one of her two girls, "It could've been one of mine," she said. "It's sad somebody not thinking using their mind doing something positive instead of something negative they could've took that baby life."
The boy's mother says she is not planning on leaving her community. She has lived there for the past year and neighbors we talked to said there are a lot of elderly people and families in the community. She said people coming from the outside causing for their community to be in danger.