ANNISTON, Ala. (WIAT) — A family is celebrating their son’s survival one year after he was shot.
LaSarge Minniefield was hit in a drive-by shooting in his neighborhood a year ago.
Nobody in his family could have pictured that, today, this same neighborhood would host a celebration.
Destiny Santiago, LaSarge’s mother, said, “Like if he’s going to get in trouble or anything, he’ll always be like ‘Mommy my foot! My foot hurts!’, so he’s pretty smart. He bad. Sarge is real bad.”
But it’s those mischievous moments that LaSarge’s parents cherish, knowing that those moments were so close to being taken away.
Andrana Minniefield, the boy’s father, said, “We were all outside. It was a school night. We were doing what we normally do. We sit outside to let the kids play.”
That’s when shots were fired. LaSarge was in his mother’s arms when it happened.
“I thought he was dead. I was holding him and he wasn’t crying. He was just there.”
Luckily it was just LaSarge’s foot, and nothing vital.
Today, LaSarge’s parents say he walks with a limp and sometimes get spooked by loud noises; but they say they’re just thankful he’s still with them.
Other innocent kids aren’t always as lucky, which is why LaSarge’s story is one worth celebrating and learning from.
Ed Moore III with the Justice and Civil Rights Initiative says, “We have to start standing up. because whether we realize it or not, we are the strongest people in our community. But people have to realize it first.”
No one has been arrested for shooting LaSarge Minniefield.
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