4-year-old Davien Martinez was shot in the head after stray bullets from a drive-by shooting went into his home
Bradenton, Florida -- Manatee County deputies have a person of interest in the weekend shooting of a 4-year-old boy. Horatio Papillion, 20, was described as the person in the passenger seat of the shooting vehicle.
On Saturday at 11:30 a.m. a bullet went through Diana Lopez's home, through her bedroom window and into her son's head. Eight casings were found on the ground near Lopez's home.
"I rolled with him down to the ground when I heard the bullets," said Lopez, who asked that her face not be shown for the on-camera interview. "I saw the blood on him and applied pressure. Later, the doctor said that is what saved his life."
Her son, Davien Martinez, is in critical condition at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg. He had an MRI on Sunday, according to Lopez. The doctors told her he was responding well.
"They told me they are happy with his response," said Lopez. "He is moving his hands and legs and feet, but he might lose his vision in one eye."
Detectives tracked a vehicle that was at the scene. That driver told them another vehicle was shooting at him in front of Lopez's home at 26th Street West and 36th Ave. West.
"We don't know why it happened, just that the two were friends at one point, but are not anymore," said Manatee County Sheriff's Office Spokesperson Dave Bristow. "It's horrible when you get someone that's that age that gets right in the middle of something. This little boy wasn't doing anything wrong. This little boy was just in his bedroom, a 4-year-old boy!"
Meanwhile, friends and family have created a Facebook support group called Angels for Davien.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Manatee County Sheriff's
Office at 941-747-3011 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-634-TIPS.
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