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May 4, 2015

Minor Shoots Minor With 16-Gauge Shotgun

Travis Polanco

There is a disturbing incident to report tonight of a shooting involving two young children in the south. A six year old boy is clinging to life after he was shot to the head by another minor with a sixteen-gauge shotgun.  At news time, the family says that the chances of survival for Travis Polanco are slim. On Thursday, Travis returned home from school in the Pomona Valley and was playing in the yard with his neighbor and friend, a nine year old boy when tragedy struck. Sometime around five p.m., Polanco was shot in the head by the nine year old student. The minor was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where he has been hospitalized since Thursday night. While police have not made any official statement on the shooting, unconfirmed reports are that the gun was fired once by the nine year old from a window and several pellets caught Polanco. The family says that some of the pellets have since been removed as Travis continues to fight for his life. News Five spoke to his parents, Thomas Polanco and Gurly Bahadur, on what happened.

 

Gurly Bahadur

Gurly Bahadur, Mother of Shooting Victim

“He get three ina ih head and two—one ina ih nose and one right ina di face. In all ih get five shots and it was a sixteen gauge gun.”

 

Thomas Polanco, Father of Shooting Victim

“I peep through the window and I watch my son di jump up, just like if yo kill wah chicken and ih di jump up. I run, I grab ahn, I pick ahn up and I try hold down the blood fu stop come out, but I couldn’t stop it because it just di spray. We mi deh home di sit down, my lee bwai gone outside by the roadside—ih mi di play with the same lee bwai weh shot ahn. I don’t know why di lee bwai gone in aih house, haul ih pa gun and he just come by the louvers and shot my lee bwai.”

 

Duane Moody

“They were friends?”

 

Gurly Bahadur

“They are good friends.”

 

Duane Moody

“So how is it that this kid came up with a gun?”

 

Thomas Polanco

Thomas Polanco

“Well I think ih pa left it careless in the house because he mi deh home alone and he and my lee bwai mi deh di play by the palm tree. I think it’s cause of an old bird’s nest and he just went inside, haul the gun and pow.”

 

Duane Moody

“To shoot at the nest?”

 

Thomas Polanco

“…At my son.”

 

Duane Moody

“They were quarreling and that’s what led to it?”

 

Thomas Polanco

“Noh really; dehn neva mi di quarrel. I think he mi di tell ahn about the bird’s nest and tell ahn that ih mi need to live so ih just gone inside, haul the gun, close the door and shoot ahn through the window.  I run outside…I peep through the window first then I see dah my son cause I see ahn the jump up. I wanted to know what happened. Then I hear the neighbor shout bwai di lee bwai get shot, the lee bwai get shot. So I gone outside. And I run and pick ahn up and I see ahn di bleed, but ih couldn’t talk again because he get shot through yah, in yah so and the shot come out through ih head. I look around to see who shot, but I noh see nobody. Dah when the older bredda come fi the lee bwai, he knock pan the door and ih ask why yo gone shoot di lee bwai for. But I neva listen to the rest because we need fi rush down the baby.”

 

Duane Moody

“What are the doctors saying now?”

 

Gurly Bahadur

“Well they are saying that he is in a critical state, a critical condition.”

 

Duane Moody

“Is he breathing on his own?”

 

Gurly Bahadur

“Nope…under machine and everything. He is on life support.”

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1 Response for “Minor Shoots Minor With 16-Gauge Shotgun”

  1. ms. jay says:

    This is terrible. The parents of the child who took up the gun should be held responsible and charged. If you have a firearm, it should be stored in a secure place away from children. Now a young boy is fighting for his life and his parents must be devastated. The young boy that shot his friend may be traumatized after this incident.

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