10-year-old boy shot at West Side apartment faces lengthy recovery | #schoolshooting



Deborah Barrera was still in shock Tuesday hours after her grandson Jayden Rico, 10, was shot Monday night at her West Side apartment.

“You never thought it would happen to you or your family,” Barrera said.

At 9:49 p.m. Monday, San Antonio police received a call for a shooting in progress at an apartment in the 1700 block of South Hamilton Avenue.

According to a police report, a juvenile was playing with a gun when it went off and struck Jayden. After the shooting, the juvenile ran away from the scene, investigators said.

Jayden was taken to University Hospital in critical condition, police said.

Police are investigating the incident as an accidental shooting.

On Tuesday, family members said Jayden is expected to be in the hospital for the next two to three weeks.

“He’s in a lot of pain,” Barrera said.

Jayden’s grandmother said a relative had come to the apartment with a backpack to spend the night.

According to family members, Jayden was walking into a room when the relative was taking the gun out of the backpack.

The gun went off and a bullet hit Jayden, piercing his intestine. It continued through him and went into a wall, Barrera said.

“Nobody knew that he had a gun,” she said.

Several other children, including Jayden’s siblings, witnessed the shooting, she added.

Family members said the relative panicked and left.

As of Tuesday, Jayden has been in and out of consciousness because of the anesthesia, his grandmother said.

Family members said his mother asked him if he knew what occurred. They said he told her he remembers everything.

“He said he just wished it wasn’t him,” his grandmother said.

Family members describe Jayden, a student at Las Palmas Elementary School, as quiet, shy and a “good kid.”

He enjoys staying indoors and watching television, even when all the other children are playing outside, his grandmother said.

Because of COVID-19 restrictions, only one family member can visit Jayden. His mother has been by his side all day, his grandmother said.

“She’s been in and out of it, hysterically crying,” Barrera said.

Barrera said she hopes to visit her grandson when he is more alert.

Jayden’s aunt Linda Barrera, 38, said it’s a lesson learned.

“Parents need to be more concerned about what their children do,” she said. “They get a hold of a gun,” she added, “this is what happens. Another innocent child is going to get hurt.”

The department has not said whether the juvenile who fired the shot had been taken into custody nor have they said whether there will be charges filed.



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