“Yeah, I Shot That Kid” 8 Year Old Shot by 42 Year Old Due To Race? [Photo]
CBS News 11 in Dallas, Texas is reporting that an 8 year old African American boy, “DJ” or Donald Maiden, Jr., was shot in the face while playing a game of “tag” for no apparent reason, leading most to deduce the attack was a hate crime. The assailant is 46 year old Brian Cloninger who was seen loitering around the apartment complex where the child lived.
DJ’s mother, Latamarin Locklin, recounted, “When he ran in I just screamed. His mouth was just hanging off and it was just a big hole.” DJ’s father, Donald Maiden, Sr. described, “When I first saw him in ICU I started crying. I just put my head down in his bed and was holding his hand at the same time. And he opened his eyes. And when I raised back up I looked and there were tears rolling down his eyes and it gave me a little bit of spirit in my heart. It was joy, I guess he was kind of happy to know I was there.”
Cloninger is being held on a $2.2 million dollar bond.