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Georgia Police Search For Shooter As Toddler Recovers From Gunshot Wound

| by Daniel Rivera
D'onte Patterson IID'onte Patterson II

A 14-month-old toddler is recovering after being shot outside of his home in Georgia.

D'onte Patterson II and three others were injured during a shooting in DeKalb County, Georgia, around 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 12, 11Alive reports.

“He was standing in the middle between both of us,” D’onte Patterson, the boy's father, told 11Alive. “They didn't say nothing. They just came around the corner and I heard, ‘Pop!’”

Patterson said the shooter aimed low and and shot his two uncles and a family friend in the legs, while the little boy was wounded in the stomach.

The father rushed his son inside, but said he did not realize the child had been shot at first.

“He didn't yell, cry – nothing,” he said. “I didn't think he was shot. That's how I carried him up the stairs without checking.” 

The boy's father added that his family will move somewhere else once his son is released from the hospital. The three adults are reportedly recovering from their gunshot wounds at home.

Police continue to search for a suspect. Patterson said they didn't know the shooter.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation indicates that 94 alleged murders were reported in DeKalb County in 2014.

There were 2,711 infant, child and teen firearm deaths in the U.S. in 2010, according to the National Association of School Psychologist.

Sources: 11Alive, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, National Association of School Psychologists

Photo Credit: Family photos, video screnshot via 11Alive