Exclusive: Day Camp Shooting Victim, Mother Speak

Neighborhood on edge after two shootings

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    The boy who was shot outside a daycare in Southeast DC speaks exclusively to News4's Darcy Spencer.

    A 7-year-old injured in a shooting while at a youth camp Monday is ready to go back to the camp, but after that incident and a shooting near a day-care center in the same southeast D.C. neighborhood, many parents in the neighborhood are reluctant to let their children out of their homes.

    The 7-year-old was shot through the shoulder, but no bones were broken and he is recovering well. His 6-year-old cousin and a camp counselor also were wounded in that shooting, in which the gunman fired multiple shots from a grassy area at a man he was chasing. The gunman remains on the loose.

    “He’s scared of firecrackers, now, or fireworks,” the 6-year-old’s mother said. “Any type of loud noise he’s screaming, and I guess it is scary for him.”

    “Whoever it is, you need to be ashamed of yourself for shooting at a gang of kids,” said the mother of the 7-year-old. “Come on now, it could have been your child.”

    The 6-year-old victim was struck in the ankle and has a bullet lodged in his thigh. Doctors say it is safer to leave in the bullet.

    “He’s in a lot of pain,” his mother said. “He’s not walking by himself. He has to have a walker or even a wheelchair for long distance.”

    He turns 7 Saturday.

    “I could have been burying my son instead of celebrating him,” his mother said.

    The mother of the 7-year-old said she will allow to go back to camp, but the mother of the 6-year-old won’t, and she wants to move from the neighborhood.”