Child shot in drive-by possibly blinded

12:58 AM, Jul 29, 2013   |    comments
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ST. PETERSBURG, Florida - A boy who was shot during a drive-by shooting in Bradenton faces possible vision loss, according to a pastor who met with the family.

"They're like any parent who would be going through this. They're absolutely shocked and horrified," said Rev. Dr. Bob Sikta of Congregational United Church.

The home where the shooting took place along the 2600 block of 37th Ave. W. is located on church property and is also owned by the church.

Sikta said he has never had any problem with the family for the entire time they have lived in the home.

"Even if the child somehow physically recovers, or at least partially recovers from this, clearly the trauma from this will never go away. This child will suffer the rest of his life."

On Saturday just after 11 a.m., someone drove by the home and opened fire. A bullet went through a window and struck the 4-year-old in the head.

Meanwhile, Manatee Co. Sheriff's investigators have located the orange car that was seen in the area at the time of the shooting and determined that it was not involved.

As the investigation continues, anyone with information is urged to contact the Manatee Co. Sheriff's Office at 941-747-3011, ext. 2535 or Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS.

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