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Young gun shot victim afraid to go outside with suspect still on the lose

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Ki'Anthony Tyus Ki'Anthony Tyus

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Ki'Anthony Tyus smiles for the camera as his leg, wrapped in a brace, is propped up under a pillow. It's not the normal start to summer for a nine-year-old boy said his grandmother, Ernestine Tyus.

“Our family's summer has been tormented over this,” Ernestine told WDRB News.

Ki'Anthony was shot in his leg Monday night while playing basketball at Ballard Park. His family says doctors placed a rod in his leg and don't want him moving it. That's a tough thing to ask of a once very active little boy.

“So right now he's just mainly wheelchair and bed-ridden, that's it,” said Ernestine.

But what scares his family is that the person responsible is still on the streets.

“I am, I am afraid. But right now we have to take it one day at a time,” said Ernestine.

Which is easier said than done for such a young victim, whose wounds are more than just physical.

“Last night he was a little hurt and angry because he kept saying why would somebody have to come shoot me?” said Ernestine.

Detectives believe someone at the park must have seen something and they need to do what's right. In this case it comes down to a witness coming forward -- but so far that hasn't happened.

“Without somebody stepping up and being that hero for this child and many like him, we're stuck in a situation where it's almost like an empty threat,” said LMPD Detective Aaron Tinelli.

Reward money is being offered by the Winton and Hiestand Law Firm and Rapper Master P for information leading to an arrest. There is no specific amount just yet, but we're told "someone could be very well compensated."

In the meantime, while Ki'Anthony recovers from more surgery, he'll have a new Playstation to use with his five brothers and sisters. And his family will keep praying.

“I've already put it in God's hand and Gods going to see that justice is done for this little boy,” said Ernestine.

Once Ki'Anthony comes home his house will need to be wheelchair accessible. A fund is set up at PNC Bank. If you would like to help the family you can make a donation at any branch, just mention the Ki'Anthony Tyus Fund.

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