Norcross teen shot while watching game

by: Liz Artz Updated:

A Norcross teenager is out of the hospital after a stray bullet hit him in the head during Miami Heat's victory in last week's NBA championship.

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - A Norcross teenager is out of the hospital after a stray bullet hit him in the head during Miami Heat's victory in last week's NBA championship.

The bullet came dangerously close to killing the 15-year-old boy. Channel 2's Liz Artz spoke with Brandon Reid about the frightening incident Sunday afternoon.

Reid was visiting his mother in Miami Thursday night, watching the heat in Game 7. He was celebrating inside the living room with his little brother when he fell to the floor.

"I just turned the corner of the couch and I ended up being hit unfortunately by a bullet. At first, I thought it was a rock. But then I realized I had my hand behind my head, and I saw blood," he said.

"At first, I thought he was playing around, playing a prank on me because the Heat won. Then when he got up, I saw a hole in the back of his head. My face was hysterical. I didn't know what to do," said Reid's brother, Daryl Denson Jr.

Reid's mom was so shaken up, Denson had to call 911. They rushed him to the hospital. Reid's dad raced to Miramar, Fla., from Georgia, where doctors got to work on Reid's head and the 9-mm bullet lodged behind his ear.

If it had happened in an area a little higher fuller or thinner, or in his neck, he could have had a devastating outcome or death, Reid's doctor said.

Police told Reid the bullet was shot a mile from his mom's house, likely celebratory gunfire from the championship game. The miracle in all this is a 15-year-old is able to joke with his family and now has quite a story to tell.

"I'm feeling great, actually. After I went from the trauma care you can ask anyone who came to visit me I was all smiles," he said.



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