Road to recovery: Police ask for help after 10-year-old grazed by bullet

Police ask for help after 10-year-old grazed by bullet (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Billy Parrott is working hard at getting his right hand back to normal.

Three times a week he goes to Children's Hospital Medical Center's Medical Office Building and works with an occupational therapist. Billy was grazed in his head by a bullet on Memorial Day.

"When I was getting the football, a car backed up and my coach told me to run because he saw a guy pulling out a gun. Then he started shooting," said Billy.

Billy was playing football and Craft Street.

His mother says her son was actually a comfort to her while medics helped him.

"He was like Mommy, sit right here, touching my hand and he was like I'm okay. It was hard," Andrea Darby said through tears.

The incident has not only been physically damaging, but there is also emotional trauma. Billy is afraid to play outside and of firecrackers that he sometimes thinks are gunfire. He also has delayed reactions because of the brain injury.

"Sometimes it takes him a while to comprehend what you say to him," said Andrea.

Cincinnati police got video of the Jeep where the shots came from, but still no one has come forward to say who pulled the trigger.

"I'm a father. I got two kids so I can empathize," Officer Tracy Jones said. "With kids being shot, you would think that the public would come out and help us a little bit more on this one since it is a kid, a true innocent. He was just sitting there, minding his own business, playing football."

Billy was a standout with his two football teams.

"I feel kind of sad because I can't play football," said Billy.

The 10-year-old's whole family has been affected and they want to see someone arrested. If you have any information that can help, call Crimestoppers at 513-352-3040. You don't have to leave your name.

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