Gama Droiville, the 13-year-old boy who was shot in the head in Brooklyn last week, was released from Kings County Hospital Tuesday, eight days after the shooting. NY1's Michael Herzenberg filed the following report.
Gama Droiville's loved ones, and hospital workers who came to love him, wished him well Tuesday before he went home.
Clutching a teddy bear, the 13-year-old recovering from a gunshot wound to the eye displayed strength beyond his years.
"I'll get back to my normal life," he said. "Just to make sure that I'm OK before I do anything else, make sure my eye's OK."
Doctors said it's too early to know if Droiville will regain his eyesight, but they said taking care of him for more than a week has been an inspiration.
"He's nothing but positive," said Dr. Douglass Lazzaro of Kings County Hospital. "He studies during the week, and he goes to church and he's in the choir on the weekends, so he should serve as a true, true leader for all of us in New York."
"Kings County hospital been giving Gama a special treatment," said James Marcel, Droiville's father.
Marcel thanked the medical staff. His son thanked doctors and police.
"A special thank you to the NYPD for catching this guy," he said.
Police say Kareem Potomont pulled the trigger. Prosecutors charged him with attempted murder, assault, criminal possession of a weapon, criminal use of a firearm and reckless endangerment. Investigators used surveillance video to track him down.
Police believe he opened fire around noon a week ago Monday at the intersection of Flatbush Avenue and Beverly Road. A 24-year-old suffered a gunshot wound to the leg, and authorities believe he was the intended target.
City Councilman Mathieu Eugene of Brooklyn called for an end to violence as this young man and his family went home with a second chance.
"Violence destroys too many families, too many lives," Eugene said.
The 24-year-old who was shot was taken to the hospital for treatment. He was said to be stable and has since been released.