An infant celebrated his second birthday in the hospital after being struck in the head by a bullet during a drive-by shooting. Luckily, the boy is expected to make a full recovery.
“Anybody who can open fire when there’s a baby around, they are going to have no remorse,” Truda Hanna, the boy’s grandmother, told CBS Miami. “They don’t have a heart at all.”
Nicknamed Shabba, Dreden Davis was safe—or so everyone thought—in his grandfather’s arms outside the family’s Miami home at 4:30 a.m. on Sunday when the house was bombarded with bullets.
According to police, the bullet ricocheted off the side of the house before the fragment embedded in the toddler's skull.
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“He has no brain injuries, he has no signs of needing therapy or anything. He’s just resting right now after the surgery,” said Hanna.
“It’s just real, real, real dangerous right now to even play in the yard and fortunately, my grandson was very fortunate and blessed,” she added, remarking that the Miami-Dade community is plagued by gun violence.
The boy’s father, Andre Davis, was sitting inside his car at the time of the shooting, according to NBC Miami. He was evidently banging on the door trying to see his son. Police believe he was the intended target of the shooting. Davis was also grazed by a bullet, but was treated at the scene.
Despite the scare, doctors and family are relieved to report that the boy will celebrate many more birthdays to come.
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"He went in healthy, he's coming back out healthy, only with the scar of a removed bullet,” said Shabba’s grandmother.