Detroit 12-year-old who was shot is regaining movement in his hand


Michael Green II, 12, was shot Tuesday while playing basketball with a friend near his house.

A 12-year-old shot while playing basketball outside his Detroit home this week has started physical therapy and is regaining movement in his hand, his mother said Thursday.

A stray bullet hit Michael Green II in his right arm Tuesday near his house on the 2600 block of Montgomery on the city’s west side. Michael can move his fingers, and is able to move his thumb more than the day before.

It still not clear who was being shot at, but police said Michael was an innocent bystander.

His mom, Lashaunda Green, 40, said her family has received an outpouring of support since her son was rushed to the hospital with a broken arm and severed artery that required surgery.

He has received dozens of cards from classmates and teachers at Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies, where he is a seventh-grader.

Some of the cards wishing Michael well were written in red because that is Michael’s favorite color. Others had “15,” which is the number he wears while playing basketball.

Michael, who is 5 feet 9 inches tall, said he wants to play basketball professionally when he gets older.

He will have to undergo another surgery and is expected to be in the hospital a few more weeks, but Michael’s injury won’t stop him from playing basketball again, Green said.

“He’s determined,” she said.

Detroit police said Thursday that the investigation continues. No additional details were released.

 

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