A high school basketball star helped lead his team to a thrilling playoff win Thursday night and was shot in his neighborhood just hours later.
H.D. Woodson Senior High School student Kavon Montgomery was shot and injured on 54th Street NE about 11:30 p.m. Thursday, his mother told News4.
The evening began with a big achievement. H.D. Woodson beat Gonzaga College High School at the Verizon Center, 105-102 in double overtime. Woodson is undefeated at 32-0.
But back in his neighborhood, Montgomery ran into trouble. His mother, Priscilla Montgomery, said he was trading insults with someone about two blocks from the high school when that person pulled out a gun and shot Montgomery in the back.
The teen ran to a friend's home, where his friend called his mom.
"I came from work. I got a phone call, saying my son been shot," Priscilla Montgomery said, her voice cracking. "They shot my child."
Kavon Montgomery was treated at a hospital and released. He hopes to still be able to play in the championship game Sunday.
Priscilla Montgomery said she wants to move her family out of their neighborhood.
"I'm sick and tired of this. I'm tired of all these people getting killed," she said. "Something needs to stop. It needs to end."