Dallas police, family members and the local community are still trying find answers as to why a 46-year-old man opened fire on an 8-year-old child on Tuesday, shooting him in the face while he was playing outside.
via CBS Dallas
Dallas Police have arrested a 46-year-old Dallas man in the shooting of an 8-year-old boy Tuesday night at an apartment complex.
Donald “D.J” Maiden, Jr. is in critical but stable condition at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas.
According to reports, D.J. was outside playing in the parking lot at the La Bella Palms Apartments just before dark. He took a gunshot full in the face; but managed to run for help.
Neighbor John Fuller was astounded at that. “He was holding, all his jaw was just hanging, like, and all his little friends was over there crying and stuff.”
Fuller and his friends were dumbstruck when the third-grader ran past them, rushing home to his mother.
“I heard a loud bang. And then five seconds later a little kid, little DJ, he ran around the corner holding his jaw with a mouthful of blood,” said Justin Yancey, who dialed 911.
Although the gunman has been identified and reportedly even admitted to shooting the child when asked by police, young Donald’s family is still baffled as to why something like this happened.
Police identify the gunman as 46-year-old Brian Cloninger of Dallas.
He apparently doesn’t live at the apartment complex but Fuller saw his truck parked there early in the afternoon.
Cloninger was arrested for injury to a child and is being held on a $2.2-million bond.
None of this answers the family’s question of “why?” said Sharon Locklin is D.J.’s grandmother. “I just don’t know why this would happen. I’ve never experienced anything like this. And I don’t understand why someone would target an innocent child like this,” she said.
She went on to describe her grandson’s injuries. “He lost from here to here on his face; and they’ve got his mouth wired shut, and he has metal plates and he has lots of reconstructive surgery. But by the grace of God he’s going to be okay.”
CBS 11 News spoke to a woman who identified herself as Brian Cloninger’s wife. She says she has no idea what happened as has no details. But she says the real tragedy is that a little boy was hurt.
According to the family, 8-year-old Donald is said to still be in critical but stable condition with his jaw wired shut after previously being placed in a medically-induced coma.
This is is just plain crazy! Story still developing; more updates to come….
Photo Credit: Brian Cloinger/Dallas PD/CBS Dallas