A horrific scene unfolded in Dallas, Texas this Tuesday after an 8-year-old African American boy was shot on the face while playing tag outside his apartment complex — just after celebrating his birthday.
According to Dallas Police, 46 year-old Brian Cloninger had been seen threatening people with a gun just prior to the shooting. Cloninger is a white male, although it has not been determined if race was a motivating factor in the shooting.
The victim, 8 year-old Donald Maiden Jr., had just finished celebrating his birthday and was playing tag with friends when he ran inside his home to retrieve some toys. When he came back outside to resume playing, he was shot.
Police reports say that Cloninger was calmly standing by his pick-up truck after the shooting. When confronted by witnesses, he said, “Yes, I shot that kid.”>As of this Thursday, Maiden remained in critical but stable condition with a breathing tube and plate in his jaw. He reportedly can make signals to communicate but cannot speak. He is due to undergo numerous reconstructive surgeries.
Cloninger was charged with “injury to a child” and is being held on a $2.2 million bond.
Watch a KTVT report on the incident in the video below.