ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Sharon Hall keeps vigil over her son Maurice as he lays medicated in a St. Petersburg Hospital. "I want to cry, but I try not to. To be strong for him."
"This is my baby boy, my baby boy; always stays focused. I want to cry, but I try not to. To be strong for him," Hall said through watery eyes.
Police say Maurice Hall, a football player at Gibbs High School was shot Saturday night as he was walking near the intersection of 10th Ave and 14th Street south.
"He hears a vehicle that's kind of coming up behind him. He turns and looks, he describing what appears to be a green Toyota car with two or three individuals in it. Suddenly they start firing at him from inside the vehicle, he starts to run away and suddenly finds that he's been wounded in the hip," said Mike Puetz of the St. Petersburg Police Department.
Although the injuries to Maurice Hall are not considered life threatening, his mom says that his football career, for now, is put on hold.
"He won't be able to play football for the season. He'll be out of playing football for twelve weeks, and that's the season. So, they're praying that next season, 12th Grade year he'll be able to play," explained Sharon Hall.
She says that her son stays out of trouble and doesn't run with the wrong crowd. She did confirm that he had attended a party in the vicinity of the shooting that evening. Neighbors say that the party took place in a two story house on 10th Ave. just east of 14 St. S. Although no one answered the door there today.
No other witnesses have come forward with information.
"It takes a tip usually in a case like this to be able to identify somebody that's done something like this," explained Puetz.
"It could be a help if anybody that knows anything, they need to give up the information so these people can be put away," said Sharon Hall.
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