Grandmother says 11-year-old grandson bullied, shot by BB gun - WKRN News 2

Grandmother reports 11-year-old grandson bullied, shot by BB gun

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PORTLAND, Tenn. -

A Portland grandmother is upset after her grandson was shot in the knee with a BB gun.

On Monday night, as her 11-year-old grandson Kenny was walking home from baseball practice just two blocks away, older boys jumped him, tried to take his equipment and bully him.

The boy's grandmother, Mary Hovinga, said that her grandson was shaking when he came home.

"I said, ‘I am calling the police', and he said, ‘No granny, no granny, please don't. They will come back and get me,'" Hovinga said.

She continued, "That is my pride and joy, you know what goes through my heart. Don't want nobody hurting my baby. I would fight for my baby. I'm nervous about it I don't know when he goes back they won't be waiting on him again."

According to family members, Kenny didn't back down.

When the older boys tried to grab his bats, the youngster fought back, striking the boy closest to him with a bat.

 "He fought back. Kenny said, ‘You are not getting my bat' and they started fighting. Yeah, he put up his fist like he was gonna hit Kenny and Kenny got him in the side," Hovinga explained.

She said that the other boy had a BB gun and fired it at Kenny, hitting him in the knee.

The wound created a gash that Hovinga said she has been treating with medicine.

"Granny, that could have hit me in the eye or anything," Hovinga says her grandson lamented.

When asked what she would say to the older boys, who are believed to be high school age, Hovinga said, "They should be ashamed of themselves. Hope you are caught and prosecuted for shooting my son. This is my pride and joy."

According to Portland police, there are two suspects.

One suspect is a black male around five feet, eight inches tall with short hair and was wearing a white Abercrombie shirt with long black jogging pants.

The other suspect is a white male about five feet, four inches tall and was wearing a red Hollister shirt, purple Portland High School basketball shorts and a black and white Nike shoes.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Portland police at 615-325-2061.

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