Daesean Mathis is like any other sixth-grader. He loves basketball and video games. He likes walking around the neighborhood. On Sunday morning, the 11-year-old headed to a corner store a few blocks away to buy snacks.
"I heard a couple shots. Then I heard a couple more and one hit me," Dasean said. "I ran and hid behind a car and waited for like five minutes. Then I ran through people's backyards home."
"I left to go to work as usual and left him home with his father," said Deborah Johnson-Mathis, Daesean's mother. "I got a phone call saying your son's been shot as he was going to the store."
Daesean was struck by a stray bullet in the upper arm. He'd been caught in a shootout. Police have made several arrests. Daesean said the hole, covered by bandages, "is the size of a penny."
"I looked at it and I saw blood dripping and I saw a hole," said Daesean.
Fortunately, no bones were broken. It will take about a month to heal and he might need physical therapy.
"The doctor called me Iron Man," Daesean said.
"Thank god he was all right. It wasn't as devastating as I thought it would be, that he was going to survive, he's going to make it," said Johnson-Mathis. That's something no mother should have to deal with."
Johnson-Mathis had taught her five boys to run when they hear gunfire.
"I always taught them that stray bullet has nobody name on it," said Johnson-Mathis. "You hear anything, you see anything, you run opposite direction and that's exactly what he did."
Daesean learned another lesson Sunday.
"Don't go to the store anymore if you see a lot of people standing in front of it," said Daesean.
"Neighborhood kids can't walk to the store," said Johnson-Mathis. "People can't get in their cars and go freely without worrying about what's going to happen to their child."
The family doesn't want to live this way. Dasean's parents are looking for a new place to rent. They want to leave the neighborhood, but it won't be easy.
"It's going to cost me a pretty penny with Christmas coming up, and the holidays, but I need to take him out of the surroundings of the violence," said Johnson-Mathis. "I'm worried that he might have post-traumatic stress or nightmares or anything that's unusual...I don't want that to happen to another one of my children."
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