Marcella Thompson, the mother of 8-year-old Marcellus Whitehead who is in a medically induced coma, spoke out about her son’s condition. Her son, who suffered a gunshot wound during a quadruple shooting in Westwood, is fighting for his life as doctors attempt to save him.
“He’s fighting so hard,” Marcella Thompson said during an interview with WLWT. “He’s the strongest child I’ve ever seen. They told me my baby wasn’t going to make it through that day. My baby made it another day and another day.”
The shooter was identified by Cincinnati Police as 19-year-old Darius Harris Jr., who opened fire on Sunday, shooting four people – including two children – at McHenry and Cavanaugh avenues. A third child was present but was unharmed after the bullet hit their shoe.
An 18-year old, an 8-year-old, and a 6-year-old were all sent to the hospital for their injuries, but only the 8-year-old victim remains. The other two victims were sent home, after being treated for their bullet wounds. Darius Harris Jr. was also wounded in the shooting, but the extent of his injuries is unknown.
The 8-year-old victim was identified as Marcellus Whitehead, the son of Jamon Bean and Marcella Thompson. Whitehead was shot in the head and leg and doctors expected him to die in the hospital, however, he has survived for three days.
His mother, Marcella Thompson said that “I just don’t understand. I mean I’m confused I’m lost, this feels so surreal. It’s not real yet, I see him lying there and I don’t know what I feel. I don’t know what I feel.” The boy was described as a good kid who loved sports, and who was on the honor roll.
“He got a good heart,” his father, Jamon Bean said. “He got a big heart, he’s strong.”
Darius Harris Jr. was charged with four counts of felonious assault and may face further charges as the investigation continues. “We were supposed to go to church Sunday morning,” Thompson said. “Instead we were at the hospital with our pastor praying over my baby that’s on a ventilator helping him to breathe.”
Speaking about Harris, Thompson explained that she had “never saw him a day of my life.” She continued, speaking directly to her son’s shooter. “Darius, as hard as you just made it for me and my kids and my kids’ dad and my son is up there fighting for his life, we gonna make it that hard for you, and I just want you to know that.”
“The law is coming and I’m not going to miss a court date,” Marcella Thompson warned, though no additional charges have been placed on Harris since his arrest.