“Someone was shooting at me ten days ago. They got me in the hand. Bullet went from my thumb out through my pinky. They had to take a piece of my hip to replace the bone in the hand. It’s my right hand. My first time I was here was when I was 14 for firearm possession and obstruction. Been here five times since. Now I’m here for cutting my bracelet…PV. I also violated because I ran and got a new tattoo. I was on the run from the law and charged with something like “tampering with technology.” I guess I would be described as affiliated with a gang….because I am a gang member. The Traviesos or TVs. That’s what my Tattoo says. In English it’s “rascals.” This is the first time I got shot. But I’m alive, so it’s all good.
I realized they were shooting at us when I saw the ground in front of us light up with bullets
Why did they shoot me? I don’t have a clue. It was four in the afternoon on May 22 and I was with two other of my homies. I was in Argentine [a neighborhood of Kansas City.] One kid was shot in the leg, the other in the leg and the arm. It wasn’t really a drive by—yeah they were in a car but they were sort of behind us. I realized they were shooting at us when I saw the ground in front of us light up with bullets and the bullets hitting the fence behind us. My Dad visits. My Mom doesn’t visit me. She doesn’t have custody. My dad started taking care of me since I was little. I have one brother who is 14. He is under house arrest. I don’t go to school. I was going until I was 14 then it was stop and go. Nothing there interested me except the girls. There were lots of fights at school.”
-S.W., age 17, Wyandotte County Juvenile Detention Center