NORFOLK, Va., (WAVY) - Police say two teenagers, a 14-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl were hospitalized Friday night following a shooting in downtown Norfolk.
Karen Parker-Chesson with the Norfolk Police Department said the shooting was reported just before 10 p.m. in the 400 block of Monticello Avenue.
WAVY.com spoke to the 14-year-old boy who was shot, and is now at home recovering.
14-year-old Patrick Foreman-Royals Junior says the bullet wound doesn't hurt now, and he is doing fine. His family however is dealing with the pain, and trauma of feeling Royal's Junior almost died Friday night. His mother Nikkia Royals won't ever forget the phone call she got from homicide detectives.
"At that point I just hung up the phone, and just yelled. I said, 'I have to go! My son has been shot,'" Royals said.
What was supposed to be a night of fun for Royals Junior ended up in terror on Monticello Avenue. He says he walking towards the NorVa to go to 'Third Annual Spring Break Jam Fest' but he never made it inside. Before he could make it inside, he saw two men arguing across the street from the venue.
"There were two men arguing on the corner. The man asked the othe rman do you want to fight me? The man said, 'Hold up let me put my cigarette up," Royals Junior said.
Then, Royals Junior says both men pulled out guns.
"When he pulled out the gun out, I ran, and then my hand got numb. I ran across the street, took my jacket off, and it was filled with blood," Royals Junior said.
Nearby police called for emergency assistance. After hours in the hospital, Royals Junior is finally back home but his mother says there is still cause for concern.
"I'm just hoping his lung doesn't collapse,"Royals said. "The bullet went under his arm pit and came out his back punctured his lung and torn his blade and shoulder and bruised the rib. "
Royals Junior is hoping this injury doesn't prevent him from playing his favorite sport, football. His mother says she has lost her appetitie, and is still sad over how close she came to losing her oldest son.
But one thing she isn't is angry.
"I'm not mad at the person who did it. I don't want to know the person who did it as long as my baby is alright," Royals said.
Norfolk Police are now looking for the two men who exchanged gunfire. The first suspect is described as a black male in his 20s about 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighing between 150 - 170 pounds wearing a dark blue shirt, blue jeans, and black Croc shoes. The second suspect is described as a black male, 5 feet 11 inches tall, between 180 and pounds with a dark complexion wearing a gray jacket over a green shirt with lettering on the front.
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