What was supposed to be a relaxing, fun time at a birthday party in Sacramento turned into a scary situation for one family.
Carrie Joe took her 2 kids to Mama Marks Park for a birthday party in Del Paso Heights on a Sunday.
While her kids were playing Carrie Joe suddenly heard gunshots.
Instead of trying to hide to protect himself, Joe's 11-year-old son jumped into action. He ran over to his 2-year-old sister who was in the line of fire.
“My son instantly blew cover and went over (to) his 2-year-old sister. He thought to protect her — basically his body covering her,” Joe said. “That’s why I tell people he’s my hero. He protected my baby.”
The boy acted as a human shield to protect the toddler and in doing so was shot in the chest, back and knees.
“I hate that this happened to him because he didn’t deserve it at all. My baby is a good child. He deserves to have his childhood and be able to play at parks,” said Joe.
Her son was rushed to the hospital was had emergency surgery to remove a kidney, his appendix and treat other organs that were damages during the incident.
“He’s on a breathing machine to help him breathe,” Joe said. “One of the bullets that went in, it kind of ricocheted and did a lot of damage.”
In spite of all the damage the 11-year-old should make a full recovery. There have been no arrests made in connection with the shooting. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Sacramento Police Department.
The mother of 5 has been facing financial struggles since the family lost their house 5 months ago.
The community is now chipping in to help the family get back on their feet.
“I want to be able to bring my son home. And when I say home, home is with me and his brothers and his sisters. So, anywhere we are together is home,” Joe said. "I just can’t wait -- if we have a home for him to come home to, that would be better.”
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