COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Two boys, 12-year-old Ja’Quan Curry and 15-year-old Marques Johnson, are healing after being shot outside their school on Thursday.
NBC4 spoke with both of the boys’ families. Ja’Quan was shot in the shoulder. Marques was shot in the upper chest and is still at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Both are expected to make full recoveries.
Tonight, Ja’Quan is at home with family.
“I throw with this arm!” he said, pretending to throw a football.
His other shoulder was struck by a bullet, right after dismissal on the front lawn of his school. Ja’Quan was walking out of school with his brother when he was struck.
“I didn’t know I got shot until it came out,” he said.
He’s just a kid, who loves football, his family and his new sneakers.
“I like them because they’re blue,” said Ja’Quan while showing us his new shoes. “That’s my favorite color.”
He’s also a football quarterback for his little league team, but he won’t be able to play at a championship game Sunday because of this injury
“I feel better than yesterday because yesterday I barely could move,” he said Saturday. “The day I got shot I could barely move my arm, it was tensing up, but now I can move it around.”
His grandmother, Jackie Sanford said this violence needs to stop.
“Somebody told me he was at the wrong place at the wrong time. I said ‘no, he was at the right place. He was coming from school getting his education,'” she said.
His little sister Keara Chisoll tells us she was scared, but now glad her big brother is home.
“I don’t want another family member that didn’t make it,” she said. “We already have enough, but I wish they were here too.”
“We’re blessed that he still here with us, that we can hug and laugh and smile with each other because just like that… he could’ve been taken away from us,” said Sanford.
Ja’Quan is resilient and excited to get back to school.
“Because I can get my education and I can play football again,” he said.
His family says the school has been very supportive, calling and visiting them. A teacher came by their home to bring Ja’Quan a new school uniform shirt after his was ruined from what happened.
Police are still investigating and have not yet determined a motive for the shooting. They do not think the shooter was a student at Linden McKinley.