Bridgette Thompson’s biggest fear came true Sunday when her youngest child was shot while celebrating his 17th birthday.
Thompson said her son, Justice Thompson, suffered a gunshot wound to the head while sitting in a vehicle on Adams Avenue.
The mother said the teenager has been on life support at a local hospital since the shooting, but is expected to be taken off the machines soon.
“The doctors said there was nothing more they could do for him,” Bridgette Thompson said. “I’ve lost him.”
Police have said officers found a 17-year-old boy lying on the pavement of the 2000 block of Adams around 2:25 a.m. Sunday.
The teen and an 18-year-old woman were sitting in a vehicle when gunshots were fired at the car, police have said. The woman was not injured.
Sgt. Don Stone said police are not releasing the boy’s name because he has not yet died.
Stone added that as of late Monday police had not made any arrests or named any suspects in the shooting. They also had no motive for the crime.
Bridgette Thompson said she did not know why her son was shot but he had been hanging out with the wrong crowd and was in a rap group.
She said she worried about his safety.
“I was trying to steer him in the right direction,” she said. “I was trying to get him to take the right path.”
Bridgette Thompson said her son had dropped out of school but was working on getting his GED and would attend church with her occasionally.
She said she last talked to him on Saturday, when he called to tell her he loved her.
“I told him I loved him too and to stay out of trouble,” she said.
Hours later, Bridgette Thompson got a call from her son’s girlfriend saying he had been shot.
Anyone with information about this incident can contact police at (225) 389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-STOP or (225) 344-7867.