Stepmom of 17-year-old shot in Chillicothe speaks out

CHILLICOTHE (WCMH) — When Jamie Watson learned her stepdaughter had been shot Monday, she said she expected the worst.

“They said, ‘Little Toni’s been shot,’ and I didn’t know how bad it was or anything, so of course I was freaking out,” Watson said. “So I just flew in town and by the time I got there, they had already Life Flighted her.”

Her stepdaughter, Toni Kennedy, 17, had been hanging out with friends at a park on Reservation Circle. One of those friends was Demetrius Victor Jamal Powell, 22, who Watson said was there with a girl when his girlfriend showed up.

“He got into the car with the other girl, and they said next thing they know, they just heard boom-boom-boom-boom-boom,” Watson said. “They all took off running. My stepdaughter told me she just felt her leg just go numb and she said she just hit the ground and she didn’t even realize she was shot at first.”

The Ross County Sheriff’s Office put out a warrant for Powell’s arrest Monday night on a felonious assault charge. He was taken into custody Tuesday in Niles, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.

Toni Kennedy was released from the hospital Monday night.

“She’s a pretty tough kid and it is a pretty tragic thing to go through,” Watson said. “So far she’s doing good. I mean, I hope she doesn’t have any long-term psychological effects from it or anything.”

Watson said she wants teenagers to understand that guns are not toys.

“You’re trying to scare them, you’re riding by, you’re shooting,” Watson said. “Well, look what happened. Somebody got hit, you hurt somebody.”

Watson said her stepdaughter saw a specialist Tuesday and was told it could do more damage to remove the bullet. For now, Watson said the wound has been cleaned and the bullet will stay where it is.

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