Woman springs into action to help child hit by bullet


Aliyah Winston, a young mother herself, was in the right place at the right time to help the frantic woman with her child that had been shot in the foot.

Winston says she had just put her nine-month-old baby down for a nap when she heard banging at her front door and it was the brother of the injured child.

"So I hurry up, open the door, and he's saying can you take my little brother to the hospital," recalled Winston. "I'm like what happened, and he said 'My brother just got shot.'"

That little brother, who neighbors know as Mickey, is only five-years-old. Raleigh police say he was with two men, Javon Williams and Dejuan Pearsall. It's not clear if one of them is the older brother who ran for help at his neighbor's door.

Police say they were walking when they were sprayed by bullets, possibly from a vehicle.

One bullet hit the boy in the foot, another hit a nearby sweepstakes parlor. That's where the 911 call came from.

"I seen this little kid, he looked about 4 or 5, he's running with another little boy, crying or screaming, I don't know," said a caller to 911.

They ran toward home. Soon after, the family knocked on Winston's door. She doesn't know them well, but she jumped to help when she saw all the blood.

"I put him in the car, put blankets on the backseat," said Winston. "It's a whole bunch of blood. It's just scary."

She says as the boy slipped in and out of consciousness as she sped through red lights to get to the hospital.

ABC11 tried knocking on the house where Winston says "Mickey" lives, but no one either answered or seemed to be home.

Raleigh police say the child is still being treated for his injuries at WakeMed.

There's still no information on any suspects at this time.

Anyone with information that might assist detectives is asked to either call Raleigh CrimeStoppers at (919) 834-HELP or to go to the CrimeStoppers website at www.raleighcrimestoppers.org for instructions on how to report a tip online or by text message.

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