Shooting victim's family talks about recovery - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Shooting victim's family talks about recovery

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Thomas Ramsey, Source: Family Thomas Ramsey, Source: Family

16-year-old Thomas Ramsey remains hospitalized two weeks after Lake Charles Police say an argument at a home on Demarest Street led a 12-year-old boy to pull a gun and shoot him.

"We were very scared. We jumped in the car and we got over there as fast as we could," said Jamie Simon, victim's sister-in-law.

According to Simon, the bullet punctured one of his lungs. She said fear quickly turned to prayer as her little brother-in-law was in the balance between life and death. Hours after the shooting he was transferred from Christus St. Patrick Hospital to Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria.

"He never lost faith... Even then that night even in the hospital he was saying I'm going to be alright," said Simon.

Better known to his friends and family as "Tee-Ramm," he's a strong kid -- winning several Lake Charles lightweight boxing titles. Simon said despite everything he's faced he remains in good spirits.

"He's actually keeping everyone on their toes and he's keeping everyone together," said Simon. "The family would also like to thank everyone for the countless phone calls and prayers. It really mean so much to us."

Doctors are now waiting to transfer Thomas to either New Orleans or Houston for more treatment. 

"Even though he still has a long road to recovery, he knows he is lucky to be alive. He knows who God is... And he knows what he can do and just him making it this far shows him and lets everyone else know that God is real," said Simon.

The 12-year-old suspect remains in the Calcasieu Juvenile Detention Center charged with attempted second degree murder.

Meanwhile, an account has been set up at the Southwest Louisiana Credit Union on Ryan Street to help the victim's family with medical expenses. If you would like to help you can donate under the "Thomas Ramsey" account.

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