An Oklahoma City teenager who was shot in the chest this week while waiting for a school bus can't talk and is paralyzed from the waist down, but has given his family a “thumbs up” gesture, his mother said Wednesday.
Bronson Quickle, 17, was shot Tuesday morning as he and a classmate waited in the 4300 block of NW 16 for a bus to the Justice Alma Wilson SeeWorth Academy. The other boy was pistol-whipped.
Tami Jackson, Quickle's mother, said her son can't talk because he has tubes in his mouth and is on a respirator. A bullet entered his left side and shattered one of his vertebrae. He has had one surgery and is scheduled for another Thursday. More surgeries likely will be needed later, Jackson said.
“He's resting,” Jackson said. “He's doing the best that can be expected. He's in and out. They (doctors) keep him sedated.”
Jackson said doctors have not given the family a long-term prognosis.
“Right now we're focusing on what is immediate, what needs to be done now,” she said.
Police haven't released much information about the shooting, which happened about 5:45 a.m. as the two boys waited in a driveway for the bus to pick them up.
Jackson said the other boy ran two blocks to her house and told her Quickle had been shot. She went to the scene in a pickup with her husband as the other boy ran back.
Quickle was lying halfway in the driveway of a house and halfway in the street as traffic was driving around him. His mother said she called 911. Quickle was talking at the scene as emergency crews arrived.
“Bronson said at the time they were walking to the bus stop, and two short black males approached them,” Jackson said. “They said, ‘Give us everything you have.' And the boys said, ‘We don't have anything. We're just going to school.' At that point, they shot my son and assaulted the other child.”
Police said the assailants drove away from the scene. Police are investigating whether they are the same people involved in two other shootings earlier Tuesday. One woman was injured by shattering glass when someone fired a gun at her car near NW 122 and MacArthur Boulevard, and another woman who suffered injuries that weren't life threatening was found with a gunshot wound in the median of the Kilpatrick Turnpike near Council Road.
Investigators haven't released a detailed description of the assailants or their vehicle.
Jackson said her son is 5 feet 11 inches tall and the shooter was shorter than he is.
She said Quickle is a normal teenager who is a huge Thunder fan and played basketball regularly.
Quickle's aunt, Kimber Howard, said the family is working to set up a bank account to help with expenses. She said family members also are planning a fundraising event.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call 911.