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Child victim in shooting at Leon Arms Apartments now recovering, family says

Posted at 5:36 PM, Jun 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-11 17:36:13-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — A Tallahassee middle schooler is recovering in the hospital after family members say he was hit by a stray bullet Wednesday night.

Family says he's expected to be okay.

Twelve-year-old R.J. Addison and his sister were outside their home at Leon Arms Apartments taking out the trash when someone shot him.

"I think he's going to be scared now," said Tavashia Addison.

Tavashia Addison, R.J. Addison's aunt, says the boy was just steps away from their home with his 10-year-old sister when the shooting started.

"His sister came back this way and he ran that way," Tavashia Addison said. "And that's how we know."

Addison says after the commotion calmed down they saw the blood, but have no idea who the person behind the gun was.

TPD says another person was shot, too.

Police aren't releasing a suspect description or details of the other victim.

"It was just a random shooting, because he shot the other boy that was over there," said Tavashia Addison.

While police investigate, the 12-year-old is in recovery.

"He's doing good so far, but he has to have surgery on his face," Tavashia Addison said. "I think the bullet got him on his bone."

Neighbors say they're used to the violence, but they're sick of it.

"I was on the ground," said Anecia Ash, a neighbor of the Addison's. "That's why we always think about getting on the ground. It was several shots."

Ash says her mom has lived on Holton Street for 15 years. She says it's not people who live in the neighborhood starting the violence.

"Keep that somewhere else," said Ash. "It's not peaceful. It's just causing chaos. It's causing police to keep coming over here. It's causing all types of different stuff. Like, just stay away. Just stay away."

This is the second shooting at Leon Arms in two weeks.