A four-year-old boy is in a coma after being shot in the head by a gang member who fired on a group of children playing.Holding his mother’s hand in an ambulance after the shooting in Houston, Texas, on Saturday, Isaiah Nicholas repeatedly told his: ‘Momma, I don’t want to die’.
He was today said to be unconscious in a critical condition at the city’s Hermann Memorial Children’s Hospital, with his parents at his side. Houston Police Department said the suspect is known, but still at large. There were reports of an argument shortly before the shooting began. Lisa Ceasar, Isaiah’s grandmother, said she heard arguing outside at about 5pm and walked out to her porch at the moment a man began firing. She said: ‘It all happened so fast, but I went into shock. I saw that man shooting up my house and the bullets flying. Ms Ceasar ran inside and found Isaiah, her oldest grandson, with a gunshot wound to the head and his two-year-old brother, Adrian Nicholas, next to him covered in blood. The daughter’s friend reportedly left the home for quarter of an hour to go to a local shop and the suspect is said to have followed her back to the house, where an argument began.
When he was first found, Isaiah’s family said he was alert and able to speak, but he later slipped into a coma and was connected to a life support machine.
Ms Ceasar said: ‘It was so hard to see my grandbaby like that. I just pray he can pull through.’