Grandmother of injured 12-year-old boy takes stand with march on violence

Grandmother of injured 12-year-old boy takes stand with March on Violence

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Around 11 p.m. Friday, a 12-year-old boy was shot in the 200 block of Hampstead Avenue.

The child's grandmother is proactively taking a stand against the gun violence in this city. As you can imagine it was an emotional day for Stephanie, but she made it a point to get out and be a part of a peaceful movement to try and make a change.

She marched from Forsyth Park to City Hall with other community activist groups like the Bullhorn Crew, as well as Mayor Edna Jackson and other residents.

Their message: one shooting is too many and the blame needs to be on the criminals using the guns.

Stephanie spoke to WTOC very briefly, before getting emotional, saying this happened while the child, who doesn't bother anyone, was inside his own home when the shooting happened.

"It's really sad when a child is in the comfort of their own home not bothering anybody and to go downstairs to open the door and just get shot is just sad. And something needs to be done about this, it really does," said Stephanie, 12-year-old grandson was shot.

The 12 year old was taken to the hospital and is listed in critical condition.

No arrests have been made.

As of last week, Savannah-Chatham Metro Police say there have been 276 aggravated assaults with a gun. That's up from 184 last year and that number is even higher now.

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