Meet Davonte Kelly, an 11-year-old Little Leaguer from Brooklyn who was shot in the head by a stray bullet as he and his teammates were about to take the field. Read more about this incredible story plus video below.
Davonte Kelly, the Little Leaguer who was shot in the head on Sunday, left Brookdale University Hospital on Wednesday, lucky to be alive and in amazingly good spirits. The 11-year-old said:
“I’m feeling fine. No headaches or anything exists. But, you know, coming out the hospital’s been a great relief. I wasn’t angry. I was actually amazed that I could survive like a bullet that, that could’ve taken my life away.”
It is truly a miracle that Kelly survived the shooting, given the fact that just three days ago he was listed in critical but stable condition.
The shooting occurred around 2:00 PM Sunday afternoon, just as Davonte and other players and families were at the baseball fields located near Jamaica Bay. A popping noise could be heard and Davonte’s mother, Andrea Walters, remembers that he started screaming and holding the side of his head. She thought he was hit by a baseball. They put an ice pack on his head and Davonte even walked to the ambulance, calling out, “I’m O.K., coach!” It wasn’t until later, when he was at Brookdale University Hospital, that doctors found a bullet in his head after an x-ray was done. Dr. Louis G. Cornacchia, the neurosurgeon who removed the bullet, said:
“It just barely dented the skull,” Dr. Cornacchia said. “A few more millimeters penetration and he may very well be dead.”
Police are still investigating the shooting. No word yet if they have any suspects.
See video of Davonte Kelly below.
Davonte Kelly Video