A 15-year-old boy shot in the back in Wynwood Wednesday night may be paralyzed.
The victim was identified by his father as 15-year-old Erin Willis, reportedly a student at nearby Booker T. Washington High School according to NBC6.
Witnesses say the boy was hanging out on his bicycle with friends near the intersection of Northwest 28th Street and First Avenue, just blocks from the popular shops at Midtown Miami, when he was caught in a barrage of bullets then stuck underneath his bike as he fell.
"I heard gunshots and a car speed off," an anonymous bystander told WSVN, "and the boy told me to get the bike off of his legs cause he couldn't feel his legs. But I didn't take the bike from him 'cause I was shaking with him 'cause I was scared."
Miami Fire Rescue transported Willis to the trauma unit at Jackson Memorial Hospital in critical condition with a gunshot wound. Just hours later, his father anguished at the devastating prognosis.
“One bullet did a lot of damage. It went in beside the kidney, it clipped off the tip of his heart causing the heart to collapse, ricocheted off of a rib and hit the spine,” said father Sammy Willis, who is wheelchair-bound. “There’s a probability that my son will never walk again."
The perpetrator of the shooting remains at large.