Miami Teen Who Survived Being Shot 7 Times Returns Home: 'He's Extremely Lucky,' Says Dad
Jamal Pieze returned home Tuesday after being shot Saturday afternoon
The father of a high school football player shot seven times Saturday as he walked to a Miami, Florida, grocery store tells PEOPLE his 16-year-old son is back home and that doctors expect him to make a full recovery.
“He just got home two hours ago,” an elated Joseph Pieze confirms in a telephone interview with PEOPLE. “He’s doing fine. He’s in a little pain. He has a cast on his foot and has to use a walker, but he’s alive and he’s healing.”
Seven bullets pierced Jamal Pieze, his father says, striking the sophomore athlete in his right foot and left hand. Two rounds entered his left arm, while one entered his hip.
Jamal was also shot in his left buttock and another bullet grazed the back of his head, Joseph Pieze explains. All together, police believe his son’s two assailants fired up to 70 rounds.
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“He is extremely lucky and he knows this,” Pieze says, adding that investigators in Miami say Jamal was a random target – the victim of a gang-related shooting.
“The police don’t know why he was shot, but they think it’s gang activity,” Pieze says. “That’s all they are telling me. They asked me if Jamal was in a gang, and I told them there’s no chance. The kids are going crazy down here.”
Pieze says he still can’t believe that Jamal – who has a sister and two brothers – is alive, or that doctors expect he’ll make a full recovery.
“At the hospital, I just couldn’t believe it happened,” Pieze explains. “I was totally shocked. You don’t want to get a call like that about your kids. You don’t want to get a call like that about anybody.”
The investigation into Jamal’s shooting is ongoing.