Exclusive: 9-year-old shooting victim talks to EWN

July 19, 2010 3:19:58 PM PDT
Eyewitness News spoke exclusively with Andrew Collins, the 9-year-old boy shot and injured by a stray bullet.

Andrew was shot at the corner of East 45th Street and Church Avenue.

The very brave 9 year old somehow gathered the strength to ride his bike half a block down, back to his home.

"I was riding down the block to corner and then when I was riding back I felt something hit me in my leg," Andrew said.

"So what did you do?" Eyewitness News asked.

"I road my bike home and I got off and I yelled," Andrew said.

"Yelled what?"

"Mommy."

After spending a long weekend in the hospital, Andrew Collins is finally back home.

But life is far from normal, as his family copes with the shooting that put the 9 year old in the middle of a gun battle.

"I looked out of the window and saw the blood. I didn't know where he was shot. I just saw all the blood," said Andrew's mother, Sharon Collins.

"My sister came out. Then some guy came and tied a t-shirt around my leg so that I could stop bleeding, then my sister just held me," Andrew said.

Andrew was playing outside his East Flatbush, Brooklyn home Friday afternoon with his new buddies.

The same day his family moved into the neighborhood.

"She called me and said my son got shot. He was lying on the flooring. I didn't know how to react," said Andrew's father, Barry Collins.

The suspect fired two bullets that hit Andrew in the leg, and missed his intended target.

Police released surveillance video showing the suspect with gun in hand.

They hope someone will turn him in and give the Collins family some peace of mind.

Eyewitness News asked Andrew: "Are you going to ride your bike again?

Andrew nodded no.

"Why not?" Eyewitness News asked.

Andrew said, "I'm scared."

"He tells me I won't ride on the streets anymore. I guess I have to build up his confidence. Just happened he was in the wrong place at the wrong time," Barry Collins said.

"It's up to him when he wants to come outside. But I know he won't go to the corner," Sharon Collins said.

Andrew has pretty much made a full recovery.

He still has a few check ups, but doctors tell his parents that Andrew will heal without a problem.

Police right now are still looking for the shooter and they are asking anyone who knows anything to speak up and call the CrimeStoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.


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