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$10K reward offered in case of West End School shooting

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Aubrey Williams, Jr. was on his way to watch his son's kindergarten Christmas program at West End School when he was shot Friday morning. Aubrey Williams, Jr. was on his way to watch his son's kindergarten Christmas program at West End School when he was shot Friday morning.
Police on scene of the shooting outside the West End School. Police on scene of the shooting outside the West End School.

LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- The man who was shot outside the West End School on Friday says he forgives his attacker and doesn’t want him to go to jail.

Aubrey Williams, Jr. was on his way to watch his son's kindergarten Christmas program at West End School when he was shot Friday morning.

"There was a guy kind of standing on the corner. I didn't pay him any attention. He was crossing the street as I was turning onto 36th Street. I got out of my car, crossed the street going into the school and he walked up, walking this way and he just shot me. Twice,” Williams told reporters in an interview at University Hospital Tuesday.

The suspect shot Williams in the arm and ran off.

“I never saw the gun. I think he shot through his jacket,” added Williams.

 The school was put on lockdown and Williams rushed himself toward the hospital.

"It went in there and came out the other side and shattered a bone there,” explained Williams.

This is the second time Williams has been shot. 

The first time was in 1996 and it almost took his life. That's when he decided to get off the streets, get an education and speak out against gun violence.

"I've been praying for the person who shot me,” he said.

That's why he doesn't want his attacker to go to jail.

"I'd love to sit down and talk to him and encourage him and find out what his issues are and see how we can help him. Prison, no. Help, yes,” he said.

Williams also doesn't think he was the suspect's target.

"When I looked in his eyes, he looked like a lost soul. He looked empty. But he also looked as if he shot the wrong guy,” he said.

Williams' father is taking a different stance.

He's offering a $10,000 reward to anyone who can offer information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the shooter.

“So many shootings are individuals who are doing these shootings and are never identified so maybe perhaps if we're able to identify these individuals then that may have some effect on this,” said Aubrey Williams Sr.

A donation page for Aubrey Williams Jr. has been set up here.

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