14-year-old recovering from shot in leg

By: Gene Petriello Email
By: Gene Petriello Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock, September 24, 2007

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.--He's asleep in his bed then the bullets start flying. Tonight, one 14-year-old is recovering at his home in North Augusta.

It happened in July. Now, Michael Wilson is getting ready to be home-schooled. Wilson's dad calls him an inspiration. Just over 2 months ago, he was shot in the leg while lying in bed. And now, he's walking around his house with the help of crutches.

This was Michael Wilson in July. And, this is Michael today walking with crutches. Just over 2 months ago, he was shot in the left leg while lying in bed.

"The pain is all around my feet and my toes. I can't move my toes cause it hit a nerve," says Michael.

One shot of about two dozen to this home on Bradley Terrace. It all happened on July 16th just after 3 in the morning.

"When I had gotten shot, I fell on the floor and then I looked at my leg and I didn't know what happened," says Michael.

Investigators still don't know why it happened. Michael is determined to move on. But the memory of that morning is still with him.

"Sometimes I get mad cause I can't go outside and my leg is messed up and all."

It's more mental pain -- thanks physical -- right now for Michael.

"Anytime we see something on TV about shooting, it gets him irritated," says dad Thomas Bowens.

Doctors say it'll be a year before Michael can walk again. But dad is impressed with his son's progress.

"From the way that he looked at first and look back over the time and look now, he's moving around good."

Home-schooling starts for Michael on Tuesday. With him improving and the family bonding together through a tough time, bringing closure is what Thomas wants.

"They'll get the man, trust me. They will get the man."

Michael misses going outside, riding on his bike and being with his friends the most. So far, no arrests have been made in this ongoing investigation.


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