A Staley High School baseball pitcher lies in a hospital with a gunshot wound that pierced both of his lungs and his liver — and community fund-raising has raised the reward for finding the shooter to $7,800.
“It was horrific what the bullet did,” said Corey Minter, the father of 16-year-old Jackson.
The teenager was one of two teens shot during a robbery Jan. 11 in a car outside the Lakes apartment complex at 74th Street and Northwest Donovan Drive.
Jackson was in the driver’s seat in the car about 8 p.m. when witnesses in the car say a gun was thrust in the passenger window.
The teen in the passenger seat got out and there was an altercation, Corey Minter said, and then there was a gunshot.
“These were a bunch of Northland kids, and when the gun went off they freaked out,” Minter said, relaying what his son and others on the scene said.
Jackson tried to reverse the car out of the parking space, but lost the feeling in his legs and the car crashed into another car and a fire hydrant, Minter said. The gunman fired three shots into the car as it peeled backwards.
Another teen who got out of the back of the car and ran was shot once in the leg, he said.
A friend who was in the car stayed with Jackson, trying to slow his bleeding, until paramedics arrived.
Police said the robbers fled on foot. No suspect information was available.
Jackson is a junior at Staley. Doctors expect he will survive the shooting, Minter said, but the wounds are serious.
“He’s played baseball his whole life,” Minter said.
A GoFundMe.com fundraising page, “Who shot Jackson — Cash Reward,” raised money through the community to increase the potential Crime Stopper Hotline reward to $7,800.
Anyone with information can call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477), or submit tips electronically at www.KCcrimestoppers.com.