Promising News About Teen Shot While Walking to Boston Church

(NECN: Josh Brogadir, Boston) - There's some promising news about the teenager shot in Boston Friday as he was walking to church.

We got an update from Gabriel Clarke's mother

The 8th grader is lucky to be alive, given what happened. The single gun shot went in his abdomen and was lodged in his back. It was a small caliber bullet that did damage to his large and small intestine.

The 13-year-old is doing much better on this Tuesday night.

We spoke with his mother, Shirley Clarke, and his doctor. Gabriel is now in fair condition, up and around, and will be getting out of the hospital in a few days.

But the gunman is still at large.

A sad and weary Shirley Clarke has not left Boston Medical Center since her 13-year-old son was rushed there Friday night. Gabriel was shot once in a crosswalk as he was walking to choir practice.

She says her son remembers in vivid detail what happens to him, but she does not want to divulge this at this time.

What her son does not understand is this kind of violence, why he was shot. She says he breaks down and cries at times when they talk.

She is concerned and scared, but she is not angry at her son's shooter. She says she would like for the shooter to get help.

Gabriel's surgeon says the 8th grader's long-term prognosis is very good even if the bullet remains lodged in the boy's back.

The shooter remains at large, and Boston Police are seeking your help. If you want to remain anonymous, you can call 1-800-crime-stoppers.

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