Mom and young gunshot victim want justice for Christmas

  • 0

BRADENTON, Fla. - Five months after a 4-year-old from Bradenton was shot in the head, the search continues for the shooter.

On July 27th, a stray bullet sailed through Davien Martinez's bedroom window and struck him in the head. The bullet came from an exchange of gunfire between two cars outside his home on 26th Street West.

Davien was sent to All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg and spent about five weeks there. Doctors were able to save his life, but not his vision in his right eye. He is now permanently blind in that eye. Nevertheless, he is still alive.

"I am very fortunate. I am very happy he's here so I can still buy him Christmas gifts for him and celebrate his birthday in a couple of weeks. I'm so glad he's here for all of it," said Davien's mother, Diana Lopez.


Lopez says all she wants for Christmas this year is justice. The Manatee County Sheriff's Office says the case is currently inactive. No arrests have been made.

"For me, it would be for that person to be locked away and justice to be served. For the family, just for him to have a good time and to be with family and around people who love him and for him to enjoy it," said Lopez.

Anyone with information on the shooting should contact Manatee County Crime Stoppers at 1-866-634-TIPS.