PopGoesTheNews.com The young boy who was shot in the head when bullets flew inside the Eaton Centre food court on June 2 says he's not living in fear.
"I'm not really scared of anything," he said today. "I'm not scared to go into Toronto."
The 13-year-old, whose identity is protected by a court-ordered publication ban, spoke exclusively to CTV National News anchor Lisa LaFlamme in an interview airing tonight.
Wearing a helmet to protect his head, the boy said he doesn't remember much about the brazen shooting. "I just remember a few gunshots and then I don't remember much after that," he told LaFlamme.
The teen was with his mother and 15-year-old sister at the mall after attending a matinee performance of Bring It On: The Musical at the Ed Mirvish Theatre across the street. He bought a pair of sneakers at Foot Locker and was wearing them when the family stopped at the Urban Eatery.
"We just sat down," he recalled, "and then the shooter came down."
The boy was hit in the head by a bullet but his mother believes he survived thanks to the quick-thinking of his sister, who remembered what to do from seeing an episode of Flashpoint, and the swift response of paramedics. (The family visited the Toronto set of Flashpoint today and had copies of the series DVD autographed by cast members.)
In the interview with CTV, the teen is sporting a pair of black Adidas sneakers — a gift from Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty, who visited him in hospital after the shooting.
Doctors at Sick Kids are waiting for the swelling in the boy's brain to go down before proceeding with surgery to remove bullet fragments still lodged in his head.
Christopher Husbands, 23, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, five counts of attempted murder and criminal negligence causing bodily harm. He is scheduled to appear in court again on Aug. 25.