Teen shooting victim accidentally ran in wrong direction

Published: May. 3, 2012 at 10:04 PM EDT|Updated: May. 4, 2012 at 6:13 PM EDT
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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A 13-year-old boy who was shot walking down a North Charleston street Thursday afternoon said Friday he accidentally ran in the direction of the shots instead of away from them.

The victim, Marquise Lawrence said he was with some friends when he was hit in the shoulder by a bullet.

"We heard gunshots and then I run. I run towards it and then it hit me right here," Lawrence said, pointing to his wounded shoulder.

North Charleston Police Department officers say the incident happened in the 1900 block of Clements Avenue just before 6 p.m.

Officers say two women were arguing in the street, when a male friend of one of the women pulled out a gun and fired several shots.

Lawrence's mother was called right after the shooting.

"He could have been killed, it could have been a phone call telling me my son was dead," said Lavonne Lawrence. "It's not fair for him to have to go through something like this over other people's stupid mistakes."

Marquise was treated and released from MUSC. He is recuperating at home.

10 shell casings were recovered at the scene. North Charleston police are still investigating.

Editor's note:  A previous version of this story stated the child hit by a bullet was 11 years old.  That information, provided by police, was incorrect.

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