13-Year-Old Brooklyn Boy Hit by Stray Gunfire Leaves Hospital

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    Thirteen-year-old Gama Droiville thanked everyone for the support he's gotten. Gus Rosendale reports. (Published Tuesday, April 22, 2014)

    A 13-year-old boy who was shot in the head by stray gunfire while waiting for the bus in Brooklyn with his aunt last week left the hospital Tuesday, and thanked everyone for all the support he has received. 

    Wearing an NYPD baseball cap, Gama Droiville smiled as police officers wheeled him out in his wheelchair from Kings County Hospital Tuesday afternoon.

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    Droiville was shot twice in the head as a gunman chased a man down Flatbush near Beverley Road last Monday afternoon. The man he was chasing was also shot in the leg, police said.

    The boy's aunt ushered him into a nearby pizzeria to escape the bullets, but he had already been shot in the head. One of the shots pierced his right eye.

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    Droiville said Tuesday as he left the hospital that he was "in the healing process," and doctors aren't sure whether he will regain his eyesight.
    Dr. Douglas Lazzaro, chief of opthamology at Kings County Hospital, said the boy was an "inspiration for the staff here." 
    "We were lucky to be able to serve this young man," he said. 
    Droiville said he "hopes to feel much better."
    He added: "I would like to say thank you to all the journalists and my choir members and my church that are still keeping me in prayer." 

    A 19-year-old man was arrested Friday and charged with two counts of attempted murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon, police said.

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    Droiville gave "a special thank you to the NYPD for catching this guy."

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