EXCLUSIVE: Four-year-old boy's parents decribe their son's shooting

Iesha Lockett was enjoying a walk with her 4-year-old toddler, Renaldo, when all of a sudden she saw two men running outside her North Boulevard home.
 
"I heard ‘pow!’" Lockett said.
 
It was a gunshot, but she didn't immediately realize it, never thinking someone would be firing at 11 a.m. in broad daylight.
 
She was on her way to her other child’s school to pick him up for a dentist appointment.
 
"I picked up my son (Renaldo) and he was screaming and crying and I thought he did not want to go to the school, so I am like ‘Come on, come.’ And that is when I see blood everywhere," said Lockett. "I couldn't believe it. I was so scared. Scary is not the right word. I was terrified. I just panicked and screamed."
 
She rushed to a nearby center for help. On the way to the emergency room, she called Renaldo's dad, Reggie Moore.
 
“To hear that he got shot -- that is no call that any parent wants," said Moore.
 
Moore said first he was gripped with fear.
 
"He just turned 4 on April the 6th. He hasn't even had a chance at life yet. How could this have happened?" Moore asked.
 
He said he cried and then when he knew his son would survive he got angry. He is pleading with legislators to listen.
 
"I wish government did more things about these guns on the streets and these teenagers with these guns. They need to take more action, harsher punishment, whatever it takes for that," said Moore.
 
Late that night the alleged shooter, 23-year-old Bakari Parks, turned himself in. Wednesday, a judge set his bond at $500,000 for two counts of attempted murder – one charge for Renaldo and the other man involved in the feud.
 
Police said the other man did not have a gun and he cooperated fully.
 
Lockett said she appreciates the quick action taken by police to close this case. But she knows it will take them a long time to heal. Her son's arm is wrapped in gauze that needs to be changed four times a day. He is on medication and in a lot of pain.
 
He needs to go back to the hospital so doctors can check the wound.
 
Lockett said she and Renaldo are both having trouble sleeping.
 
She is scared.
 
"That is why I am looking to move any day now,” she said. "I'm just happy that he is OK. Somebody was looking out for him."

 

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