ABC7 Exclusive: 6-year-old Keyontae Mayes talks about being shot after surgery to reomove bullet

Six-year-old Keyontae Mayes, who was shot as he sat in a car with his family on the city's West Side, was released from the hospital Thursday after doctors removed a bullet from his shoulder.

August 8, 2013 3:42:18 PM PDT
Six-year-old Keyontae Mayes, who was shot as he sat in a car with his family on the city's West Side, was released from the hospital Thursday after doctors removed a bullet from his shoulder.

Investigators are following several leads in hopes of finding the gunman responsible for wounding Keyontae.

Thursday afternoon, however, the six-year-old talked about the incident.

"Then she saw the blood dripping down my shirt and then she started panicking," Keyontae said.

Keyontae remembers when his older sister told him he'd been shot.

Thursday afternoon, the 6-year-old shared the frightening details of the attack the left him wounded in the shoulder.

"When we first got on the block, we was riding down, then I think a minivan pulled out the gun and then started shooting," he said.

It happened last Friday night just blocks from the family's West Garfield Park neighborhood home.

"I was caught in the middle of the crossfire, so I'm stuck in my car in the middle of the crossfire and it was just a terrifying moment," said Akira Hudson, Keyontae's mother.

Hudson says shots rang out as she, Keyontae and his 10- and 9-year-old sisters were returning home in a relative's car after eating dinner at a restaurant as the occupants of a minivan and another vehicle opened fire in each other.

Keyontae, who was sitting in the car's back seat, was rushed to the hospital.

"The next day when he was in the hospital and that's the first thing he said. He was like, 'I didn't do anything wrong. What did I do? Why did they shoot me?'" said Keyontae's aunt, Patrice Johnson.

The violence is just the latest trauma the family has had to endure.

Mayes and his siblings lost their father to gun violence a month ago.

Thursday afternoon, Keyontae returned home after doctors removed the bullet from his left shoulder.

And as he slowly heals both physically and mentally, his grandmother joins the many who plead for the violence to end.

"This community is running rampant with crime, it's drug-infested. This is our call for help to get out. I want my grandchildren to live," said Cassandra Hudson, Keyontae's grandmother.

Keyontae will head back to the doctor next week. It is expected that he will make a full recovery.

No one is in custody and no arrests have been made in the shooting.


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