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Father wants answers after teen son shot near church

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Updated: 11/18/2013 11:52 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The father of a 13-year-old boy shot while riding his bike near a church on the Northside said the family is still trying to cope with what happened.

James Thomas was riding his bike to a local park, when he was shot on 15th Street near the Emanuel Missionary Baptist Church.

"The next thing you know he heard some thing pop, pop, pop, pop," said Willie James Thomas, the boy's father. "He felt something hit him."

The 13-year-old boy is recovering from his injuries at UF Health. The bullets hit his foot and buttocks, and one bullet actually ended up in his colon.

He did not see who shot him, according to a police report. Jacksonville Fire paramedics at a nearby fire station were treating Thomas before police even arrived on the scene.

"With multiple shots, he could have easily got all the bullets instead of just two bullets," Willie James Thomas said. "Maybe these young kids around here will realize this is real. This ain't play-play, this ain't what you see on TV or in the movies. It's time to get back in school."
Police do not yet have anyone in custody for the shooting.
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