A South Florida boy accidentally shot in the leg with a gun a classmate brought to school has been released from the hospital. NBC 6's Steve Litz reports.
A South Florida boy accidentally shot in the leg with a gun a classmate brought to school has been released from the hospital.
D'Angelo Marte will be spending his summer recovering from Friday's accident at Redland Middle School in Homestead.
The 12-year-old said he'll have to walk on crutches or use a wheelchair because his leg is in a cast, but otherwise he's fine.
Police said the gun was in a classmate's backpack. When the bag was dropped to the floor, the gun fired.
Marte said he heard the bang when the gun went off, but did not know the bullet had hit him.
"Everybody started screaming, 'He's bleeding!' and 'He got shot!'" Marte said. "I just looked back and I was bleeding."
Friday afternoon Marte was in history class at Redland middle school in Southwest Miami-Dade.
D'Angelo's grandmother said the bullet went through the boy's knee and up his thigh. She said two other students who wrapped a T-shirt around D'Angelo's leg kept him from losing too much blood.
The boy with the gun, Marte's classmate, could be seen walking out of court Saturday wearing an ankle monitor. No charges were immediately filed against him.
Over the next few days, Marte's soft cast will be switched out for a hard one and he will have to be off his feet for six weeks. On Tuesday, he'll find out if he needs surgery.
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