Tue Jan 22, 2013, 06:58 PM
Whovian (2,866 posts)
Vigil held for Orlando teen paralyzed in accidental shooting
ORLANDO, Fla. -
Family and friends of the teen, who is paralyzed after he was accidentally shot while playing basketball in Orlando, held a vigil Tuesday night to pray for the teen.
16-year-old Mario Whitehead is paralyzed from the waist down after the Monday shooting at Willie Mays Park.
Whitehead was shot in the shoulder. Relatives told Local 6 doctors have been unable to remove the bullet, and he now is paralyzed.
Orlando police said the shooting was likely an accident, but relatives believe the shooter had no business bringing a gun into a crowded park, and they think he should be behind bars.
Police arrested the shooter on charges of carrying a concealed firearm, improper exhibition of a dangerous firearm, discharging firearm in public, possession of a firearm by a minor and culpable negligence causing injury. The shooter was taken to the JAC for processing.
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Response to Whovian (Original post)
Tue Jan 22, 2013, 07:10 PM
surrealAmerican (9,201 posts)
1. So sad.
That poor kid. It should be safe to play basketball in the park.
The charges against the shooter sound appropriate. They should also be charging whoever provided him with the gun.
Response to Whovian (Reply #3)
Tue Jan 22, 2013, 07:23 PM
kestrel91316 (50,292 posts)
4. Gun crimes cannot be prevented. I know it's sad, but that's just the way it is.
They can only be punished after the fact, one after the other, after the other, after the other, until the end of time.