A 9-year-old boy was filming TikTok videos outside when he was shot four times during a drive-by shooting in Atlanta, police and his mother said.
Javonni Carson, a fourth-grade honor roll student, was struck four times in his left leg Wednesday when gunfire broke out in an East Atlanta parking lot. The boy later underwent surgery and is expected to survive, his mother told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Javonni was recording TikTok videos with his two siblings when a gunman in a car started shooting into a crowd of people outside, Keyona Carson told the newspaper.
“My other two kids were there too, and they saw everything,” she said. “Someone just drove by and started shooting.”
Police said two other people were also shot — men who were hit in the hand and buttocks, respectively.
A total of 42 spent shell casings were recovered from the scene and at least five nearby cars were hit with gunfire. Surveillance footage showed a dark vehicle driving through the parking lot just before a man pulled out a gun and opened fire, police said.
“My 11-year-old said he was trying to crawl over to [Javonni], but there were already so many people on the ground,” Carson told the newspaper. “I didn’t know anything until I got to the hospital. I just knew he’d been shot.”
No arrests have been made as of early Monday, Atlanta police said.
Javonni, meanwhile, has undergone surgery to repair his shattered femur and was recovering at a hospital, his mother said Saturday.
An online fundraiser has been set up help offset medical costs for the boy, who is an honors student at Deerwood Academy elementary school in Atlanta. He’s also an aspiring football player and rapper, according to the campaign.
“I have 2 more children that was affected by this senseless violence against our kind!!!!” the website reads. “They were there also, they saw all those guns, blood and see the fire of those bullets as people fell in front of them and hid and run and screamed for help.”
Carson’s post continued: “This world is out of control.”
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