On Sunday afternoon, dozens of friends, teammates and family members welcomed the boy from the hospital.
BURIEN, Wash. — On Sunday, Isaiah Johns’ teammates and family celebrated the 9-year-old’s return from the hospital. He was shot in Renton in an apparent road rage incident nine days ago.
For the Johns family, every moment of the past week has been a test of strength.
“It was an emotional tornado and we were stuck in it for a week,” said Isaiah’s grandfather, Michael Snyder.
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In Burien on Sunday afternoon, dozens of friends, teammates and family members welcomed Isaiah from the hospital.
“Isaiah’s football team wanted to get together and it just exploded from there,” Snyder said.
The child has a long convalescence ahead of him. His family said he was shot in the face and chest. Snyder said he would need additional surgeries and therapies. Isaiah is currently using a feeding tube. Snyder said the family hopes the tube will be removed within days. The 9-year-old would then be allowed to eat soft foods.
“It’s a miracle. A week ago we didn’t know he would live and today he’s kicking the ball with his friends,” Snyder said. “It’s Isaiah. He’s back. He’s a strong kid.”
The vehicle involved in the shooting was recovered Sunday in Tukwila.
Washington State Patrol said the Ford Mustang was being processed for evidence and no suspects were in custody. State Patrol said the vehicle was reported stolen days before the shooting.
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