Thank you to my pal @Anomaly100 who has given us permission to cross-post this horrific story. She has it up at FreakOutNation.
Yet another unnecessary tragedy involving guns and a shooter who has no business owning one:
Donald Maiden Jr. just celebrated his 8th birthday and now he’s in the hospital in critical condition after a 46 year-old Dallas, Texas man shot him in the face.
Brian Cloninger was charged with injury to a child and remains in the Dallas County jail on a $2.2 million bond.
Witnesses say they asked him, after seeing him standing around his truck as the boy was bleeding, if he shot the boy. “Yes I shot that kid,” Cloninger reportedly said. The motive is unknown and the mother says he was shot ‘out of the blue.’
The boy’s mother, Latamarin Locklin, told a CBS 11 reporter on Thursday, “When he ran in I just screamed. His mouth was just hanging off and it was just a big hole – I just threw him on the couch and laid him in my arms and put pressure on his mouth with the towel.”
According to Dallas police, Maiden remains in critical but stable condition after undergoing surgery at Children’s Medical Center Dallas.
Donald Maiden, Sr. said, “When I first saw him in ICU I started crying. I just put my head down in his bed and was holding his hand at the same time. And he opened his eyes. And when I raised back up I looked and there were tears rolling down his eyes and it gave me a little bit of spirit in my heart. It was joy, I guess he was kind of happy to know I was there. “