8th grade Antioch Middle School student’s family thinks neighbor’s gunshot to son’s face was no accident

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A 15-year-old Kansas City eighth-grader is recovering in the hospital from a gunshot to the face on Thursday, and his family wants charges filed against the boy who pulled the trigger.

Jersweet Kosmes, a relative, does not believe what happened was an accident. He says a few days before the shooting, while on the school bus, the neighbor who shot Maka Albert asked Maka and another boy if they'd be afraid if he had a gun. He did not have the gun with him at the time.

Then a few days later, Maka Albert's brother-in-law says, the neighbor came over and asked if Maka could come out and play ball.

"I was in my room watching movie, so the neighbor came and asked him if he could go to play ball. So they went down the street. Then they came back and the neighbor pull out his gun and he tell him, 'Put that gun away, that's dangerous.' And he take out the clip and show Maka that the clip was loaded for bullet.  Then he pulled that thing. One bullet came out… He just look at him and shoot him.  All he feel, he just feel numb. He doesn't hear nothing. He was out," Kosmes explained.

Maka is the youngest of three children, and the family is relieved his injuries are not more serious.

"First thing he told me, he apologized to me and he asked me if I could fix his face. I asked him what happened and he said that the neighbor guy shot him in the face," Kosmes said. "We thank God for all the help he gives us to help out Maka."

Kosmes says the bullet went through Maka's nose.

"It broke the bone on his nose. It come out on his cheek right here on his side," said Kosmes.

The doctor said Maka would be in the hospital for about a week.

The neighbor who shot him is 16-years-old, the family says. As of Thursday, no charges had been filed but Kosmes thinks the teen should face an assault charge.

FOX 4's Robert Townsend reached out to the mother of the 16-year-old boy, allegedly involved in the shooting, but she hung up on him.


Kosmes was originally identified as Maka's father, but the family says he is a relative.

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