6-year-old shot in Rancho Tehama rampage recovers at home
RANCHO TEHAMA, Calif. - Monday was the first day students returned to school at Rancho Tehama Elementary since the shooting rampage two weeks ago, but Alejandro Hernandez said he has no intentions of ever going back.
He was shot twice, but the doctors are calling him a miracle. "They say that he was really lucky because if it would've been in this side, it would've hit his heart," said Algenlica Monroy, mother of 6-year-old Alejandro.
Instead, one bullet hit his right lung and the other in his foot, which is why the doctor said it's remarkable that he's in little pain and at home less than two weeks later. It's so soon that they haven't even decided what to do with the unwanted momento that remains lodged in his chest.
"He asked me, 'Mom, what about the bullet that I have here? Are they going to take it out?'" Monroy explained. "So he gets scared."
Though his friends went back to class Monday, Alejandro definitively said he won't be returning to that school and Monroy said if he doesn't feel okay to go, she won't make him.
Alejandro isn't the only one who's traumatized by the rampage. Monroy said their entire family of 11 won't be living in the small town of Rancho Tehama much longer.
"It's hard for me to see everything. The school..." Monroy cried.
Even just steps away from their own home is the crash site where Kevin Neal killed another neighbor, and there are too many places to remind the family of the day little Alejandro was almost taken too.
"I felt the worse, like maybe, if he would've been dead in there? Imagine that? No, I don't want to go [to the classroom]," said Monroy.
Much too focused on his video game to be bothered, a shy Alejandro seemed happy. His mom said he is, but he also doesn't want to leave home or even eat and she's dealing with the rollercoaster of emotions that come with trying to forgive the man responsible for her son's trauma.
"I wanted him... I said I hope they get him, I hope they get him and I hope he's dead, you know? But then the moment when I heard that he was dead, I just said I forgive him because God's gonna really judge him," she explained.
The family has started a GoFundMe account to help pay for Alejandro's medical bills. If you would like to donate, click here.