5th grader shot during drive-by-shooting

Toriano Johnson Jr
Toriano Johnson Jr

SPOTSYLVANIA, VA (WWBT) - An 11-year-old boy is recovering in the hospital after being shot during a drive-by-shooting.

The little boy was asleep in his bedroom when bullets began to fly. It happened around 3:15am on Sunday in the 200 block of Burlington Drive in Spotsylvania County.

The victim is in stable condition at the hospital. The boy's mother wants answers.

"We were asleep. I was coming from the bathroom and I heard what sounded like popcorn and I was like, 'oh my God - what is that?,'"  said Torshan Williams.

It was gunfire from a drive-by-shooting. One bullet hit her son, Toriano Johnson Jr. The little boy was inside his bedroom on the upper level of the home.

"My husband immediately popped up and checked to make sure the kids were okay. Our son was already coming out of the bed and he was like, 'Are you okay son?' And he was like, 'No dad. My ribs hurt.' And he just fell into his arms," said Williams.

The 5th grade football player was rushed to the hospital.

Torshan Williams: "The bullet is still lodged in him. It's in a fatty piece of meat on his ribs."
Nicole Bell: "How many shots did you hear?"
Torshan Williams: "It was no less than 3 shots but no more than 7."
Nicole  Bell: "That's a lot."
Torshan Williams: "Yeah, one is too many, especially when you have kids in your house."

Williams wants to know who opened fire on her house and why.

Torshan Williams: "It's not right."
Nicole Bell : "Was this random?"
Torshan Williams: "I'd assume so. I don't bother anybody. I just go to work and come home."

Investigators are encouraging anyone with information to come forward.

Meanwhile, Williams says her little boy is in good spirits and is eager to get back to school.

"I'm happy he's going to be okay," she added.

Right now it's unclear when the little boy will be released from the hospital.

If you have information on this case, contact the Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office or Crime Solvers at 540 582-5822.

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