'He Didn't Deserve This': Ladavionne Garrett Jr.'s Parents Say He's Fighting Hard To Recover From Shooting

The family says a 10 year-old is fighting hard as he tries to recover from getting shot in the head while riding in a car with his parents, Reg Chapman reports (2:25). WCCO 4 News At 6 - May 4, 2021

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- The family says a 10-year-old is fighting hard as he tries to recover from getting shot in the head while riding in a car with his parents.

LADAVIONNE GARRETT: He didn't deserve this, I'll tell you that.

- 10-year-old Ladavionne Garrett Jr. Was in the back seat of his parents' car last Friday afternoon near 34th and Morgan Avenues North. His parents and their church family have been keeping watch outside the hospital where he is fighting to recover from gunshot wounds. Only on WCCO, Reg Chapman spoke with the parents who feel miracles are happening and their son will pull through and make it home.

REG CHAPMAN: Outside North Memorial Medical Center, a family stands watch over a hospital room where their precious 10-year-old son is fighting for his life.

LADAVIONNE GARRETT: I ain't never pictured this ever in my life.

REG CHAPMAN: The yellow placard marks the room where the Ladavionne Garrett Junior is showing his parents that he is a fighter. Overnight he moved, giving these parents more hope than they've had in days.

LADAVIONNE GARRETT: I started rubbing his feet, you know, just talking to him, you know, let him know that it's going to be OK. And he just got to moving his legs, like, his foot.

REG CHAPMAN: Junior, as he's called, loves school. Actually, this family dresses alike often. More than anything, he loves his video gaming system and carries his TV and game with him wherever he goes.

LADAVIONNE GARRETT: And we do everything together.

DORICE JACKSON: Everything.

LADAVIONNE GARRETT: That's my son. I love him, man.

REG CHAPMAN: Life changed for this family of three in an instant.

LADAVIONNE GARRETT: When all this happened, Reg, my son had his game in the back seat and his TV with him, man.

- He was [? playing ?] on his game.

REG CHAPMAN: They live in St. Cloud and Junior wanted to come to North Minneapolis to spend time with his grandma.

DORICE JACKSON: Picked him up from school to bring him over to his grandma's house. And when we got there, it was--

LADAVIONNE GARRETT: Got off the highway, man, and this--

DORICE JACKSON: --shots let out.

LADAVIONNE GARRETT: --this is what happened.

REG CHAPMAN: Junior was shot in the head. He was rushed to the hospital. And it was inside the emergency room these parents learned their child was a fighter.

DORICE JACKSON: Before he went into that surgery, he tried to pull the tube out of his mouth, but he said it hurt. He respond.

LADAVIONNE GARRETT: He told-- the doctors-- when had to rush in the room, he was trying to pull it out, man.

DORICE JACKSON: He was trying to pull the tube out. So I know my son is strong. He's going to fight through this.

REG CHAPMAN: This couple is thankful for the support of family and friends.

LADAVIONNE GARRETT: We just want prayers, man, that's all we want.

DORICE JACKSON: Prayers.

LADAVIONNE GARRETT: Prayers.

REG CHAPMAN: Now more than anything, they are looking forward to the day Junior's back home playing video games.

LADAVIONNE GARRETT: He's strong. He's strong. He's coming home for sure.

REG CHAPMAN: Reg Chapman, WCCO 4 News.

- The parents know their son has a long road to recovery. A fund has been set up to help them with expenses along the way. We have a link on WCCO.com if you'd like to help.