Teen Recovering After Being Hit In Head By Celebratory Bullet
South Florida Crime
MIRAMAR (CBSMiami) – A teenager who was shot in the head after the Heat game is out of the hospital. The family of 15-year-old Brandon Reid said a stray bullet flew through the window of his Miramar home and struck him.
Surgeons at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hopsital removed a 9mm bullet from Brandon’s skull Friday morning. Brandon said he was watching TV when he felt something hit him.
“It felt like I got hit with a big rock,” said Reid.
He quickly realized it was a bullet that flew through the window. Somehow he stayed conscious and calm even calling 9-1-1 because he said him mom was too upset.
Brandon’s 11-year-old brother Daryl Denson Jr. said at first he panicked when he saw the blood.
“I was hysterical. I didn’t know what to do, but then I said to myself ‘calm down everything’s ok.’ I know my brother’s stronger than a bullet,” Daryl said.
After the surgery to remove the bullet, Brandon is expected to make a full recovery.
“I feel blessed,” Brandon said.
Dr. Dean Hertzler, a pediatric neurosurgeon at the hospital in Hollywood said, “He is amazingly fortunate. A few inches off towards his neck or his skull he would have considerable devastation or death.”
“They pulled a 9 mm slug out of my son’s head by simply sitting in the living room watching TV in a securely enclosed home at 12 o’clock at night, and it can be your last day, and it’s a harsh reality it really is,” said Brandon’s father, Marvin Reid.
Now the whole family is asking anyone thinking of celebrating with gunfire to think again.
“They’re putting other people’s lives in danger. You can take somebody’s kid away,” said Marvin.