COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - Police are currently investigating a shooting that has left a Columbus child fighting for his life.
The shooting happened at around 10 a.m. Wednesday on Andrea Drive. Police say the victim is a 9-year-old boy, but have not released his identity at this time.
The child’s mother, Tameika Stenson, says the bullet entered his stomach and spine. He is now receiving treatment from Atlanta doctors at Eglestons Childrens hospital.
Takayla Jones, the boy’s sister, explains what happened. She says he was in a room with her pet pig, a friend, and two other siblings. She says the pig urinated on the friend, sparking a commotion, and prompting Jones to tell the friend to leave.
Takayla says her 12-year old brother then told her the friend was flashing off a gun on social media and that’s when a shot rang out- hitting the 9-year-old.
“My little sister came in my room crying like screaming to the top of her lungs talking about Vonte dying, Vonte dying, and saying the boy threw the gun in my brother’s drawer and ran so I went in my brother room, see my little brother on the ground, and he was bleeding and stuff he was having shortness of breath and stuff and that’s when I called my mom and then called the police,” said Jones.
The boy’s family confirms no adults were home at the time of the shooting.
18-year-old Ilaya Kelley lives across the street and says there’s just too many other things kids around her age could be doing to prevent a tragedy like this from happening.
“I feel like volunteering and everything, going to the pool. I don’t know if there’s a pool nearby here but going to the pool, having little games like basketball outside or something would be nice to do instead of having your kids running around with guns," said Kelley.
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