KANSAS CITY, Mo. – FOX 4 learned more on Tuesday about a five-year-old boy caught in the middle of a deadly shooting at a Kansas City gas station late last Friday. In the meantime, 10-year-old Ka’Vyea Tyson was seriously wounded in the shooting and remains at Children's Mercy Hospital.
A relative said that he underwent another surgery on Tuesday and his five-year-old friend, who witnessed the double-shooting from the backseat, is now undergoing counseling.
"The idea and the thought that I could've lost my grandson was really devastating to me," said his grandmother, Terrie Parker.
Parker still gets chills when her mind flashes back to what she said her five-year-old grandson, whom she calls "Little Terrell,” witnessed Friday night.
"It's devastating, you know? I'm just trying to stay prayed up so I can get through this," she said.
Parker said about a half-hour after talking to her daughter's fiancé, Ka’Vyea "KC" Curry; she got a phone call that a gunman fired at least eight shots when Curry was at a BP gas station at 45th and Cleveland.
"This is just senseless!" exclaimed Parker.
The 34-year-old father died instantly and his 10-year-old son was critically wounded. Parker’s grandson kept crying as bullets flew around him.
"I guess he laid down in the back seat," she said. "He saw the guy run up to the car and he tried to tell KC, and before he knew it, the guy started shooting. He said, ‘grandma, I thought the guy was gonna shoot through my window,’ and I just thank God that he didn't."
When the scared child jumped out of the car and ran inside the gas station, a female customer quickly comforted him until police arrived. Parker raced to the scene, looking only for her little grandson.
"He was scared to death and so he ran to us. We just immediately picked him up and just held him and hugged him and told him we loved him," she said. "I just thank God that, you know, he kept his arms around him. He’s been traumatized; he had a nightmare that night."
Parker and her family are now showering Little Terrell with love and letting him play as long as he wants with his toys. They also pray the younger Ka'Vyea recovers and police find the shooter.
"We need some kind of closure. You know that little boy, Ka'Vyea, is up there fighting for his life. He's not gonna never be the same," she said.
Parker did thank and hug the Good Samaritan who comforted her grandson. The killer is still out there and that's why the family asked FOX 4 to not show the five-year-old's face. If you have information that can help police arrest a suspect, you’re urged to the call the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.