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'I thank God that it wasn't worse': Grandmother of 12-year-shot calls for end to gun violence

Posted: 5:41 PM, Dec 05, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-05 19:27:06-05

The 12-year-old shot inside his own home is out of the hospital, and two people are in police custody. 

The boy’s grandmother Lydia Martinez was the only other person in the house when the shooting happened. It happened two weeks after 13-year-old Sandra Parks was shot and killed in her own home, also by a stray bullet. 

“I praise God, I thank God that it wasn't worse than it could have been,” she said. 

Her grandson is expected to make a full recovery after being shot inside their apartment on National near 24th Street Tuesday. 

Martinez said the shot came from above them. 

“Nobody should have to go through that. This is why we need the leadership, the aldermen, and all them to really come together and do something. Not just talk about it,” Martinez said. 

Alderman Bob Donovan, who serves the ward, said of the shooting, “What are city leaders doing to stop these things from happening? That's a good question, certainly, I'm frustrated.”

There are a lot of opinions on what the solution is. Some nearby businesses are paying for private security to help police the neighborhood. 

Martinez is scared of how many more kids will get hurt before real change is made. 

“Come on people wake up,” she said. 

Martinez and others are worried about the increasing crime and drugs in this neighborhood. 

She did not want to share a photo or reveal her grandson's name, to protect his privacy. We're just happy he's doing O.K.