A little boy had no idea how close he was to death after a neighbor decided to shoot at him for parking his bike on his front yard and talking back to the man.
According to the boy’s father, Arnold Daniel from Ypsilanti Township which is west of Detroit, his 6-year old son Coby Daniel happened to be riding his bike down their street, Candlewood Lane, while playing with friends in his neighborhood when his young life would soon be in danger.
Coby stopped biking and decided to park his bike on the neighbor’s front yard. Then when he came back to get it, the owner of the home, 29-year old Ryan Le-Nguyen, decided to come out with a sledgehammer, threatening the young boy. Supposedly, Coby talked back to Le-Nguyen, which apparently angered him even more.
Although Coby couldn’t have known at the time what was about to happen, Le-Nguyen would do the unthinkable. After going back inside his house, he decided to get his gun and shoot at the child, hitting the young boy in the arm.
A surveillance camera happened to capture what happened, showing that the other kids playing nearby heard Coby say “Ow” and “He shot me.”
When the family was interviewed by FOX 2 Detroit later on, Coby explained the experience by saying, “He tried hitting me with a sledgehammer but that’s not going to work because I’m too fast. [Then he] got a gun and BOOM show me right here,” showing them where the bullet him in the arm.
He was rushed to the hospital to get treatment and thankfully, the bullet only went through the boy’s arm. But according to doctors, if it had gone one inch to the left or to the right, young Coby could have very well died.
After police identified the assailant, he was immediately arrested by the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s deputies. They charged him with assault with intent to murder. His arrest made the Daniel family feel better about the safety of their son and the other members of the family, but it wasn’t going to last too long.
Just three days after his arrest, Le-Nguyen was released on a $10,000 bond, making the Daniel family incredibly angry and confused as to why he was allowed to make bail on such a small amount, and so quickly at that.
According to Coby’s father, “I’m trying to figure out he got a bond so low for trying to kill my kid. In [the] video of the incident, Coby can be seen playing with neighborhood kids before a gunshot rings out and Coby cries out in pain. An older child cries for someone to call the police.”
Although Coby didn’t exactly realize that his life was truly in danger, his father was well aware of the events that took place that day. “Right now, he’s not even processing what happened. He doesn’t realize how close he came to not being here… but I realize it,” Mr. Daniel said.
Le-Nguyen was ordered not to go home after being released, but that didn’t make the Daniel family feel any safer. Mr. Daniel shared, “I’m scared for my family because I don’t know what he’s capable of. The prosecutor’s office is also outraged by the shockingly low bond and has since filed an emergency motion to raise it to $100,000.”
To make matters worse, this isn’t the first time that Le-Nguyen has had an altercation with the law, making the entire incident even more worrisome and confusing.
Since Coby’s shooting, his father explains that the young boy hasn’t been sleeping well at night, choosing to sleep beside his dad as a result of the traumatic experience. In fact, a report from TMZ shared that he even asked his dad, “Why would [the alleged shooter] do that?”
Aside from his father setting up an appointment for Coby to see a therapist, he also put up a GoFundMe page to help raise funding for the family to help pay for Coby’s therapy and other needs of the family.
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