EXCLUSIVE: 12 year-old boy shot outside home speaks to CBS 58
A 12-year-old boy was shot outside of his home during an exchange of gunfire between two suspects in the street. His name is Curtis Bounds, and he and his family spoke exclusively with CBS 58.
And strong words from Bound's cousin and best friend, who is asking people to put their guns down and stop the violence.
The 12-year-old is just the latest innocent child hit by gunfire on the streets of Milwaukee.
\"Black people getting killed, for what? We need to put down the guns,\" said 12-year-old Alex Kelly.
\"That's my baby. Y'all messing with the wrong one. Why did you have to go and do that to my baby? That's my nephew. That's not right,\" said Sharon Ball.
Ball planned to spend some quality time with her sister and her nephew, Curtis, Friday night but Curtis' cousin and best friends says that all changed with one bullet.
\"It came through the bush and went straight through my leg,\" said Bounds.
Bounds says when he got off the bus, he saw two men with guns, so he took off running but a bullet richoted off the ground and hit him.
\"He ran past me with a gun and I started running and then that's when they started shooting and it had hit me,\" said Bounds.
The bullet went clear through his upper thigh, but Bounds didn't know how serious his injuries were.
\"I didn't know what was going on. Everything was going through my head at once. I was thinking about being dead. I was thinking about ending my whole basketball career, \" said Bounds.
He says he now fears for his safety.
\"Y'all see what happened to me and and y'all gotta watch for your surroundings. If it happened to me it can happen to you,\" Bounds said.
His best friend, just 12 years old, is pleading for the violence to end.
\"Innocent people getting shot for no reason. Because y'all wanna act a fool and do what you do. Don't take it out on us we haven't done anything to y'all. I mean put down the guns,\" said Alex Kelly.
Bounds is expected to be ok, and says as soon as he is fully healed, he'll get back to focusing on his basketball career.