11-year-old recovers from gunshot wound

June 11, 2009 at 3:16 PM
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NEW YORK, June 11 (UPI) -- A New York little leaguer is determined to play again despite a recent gunshot wound to his head by a stray bullet, the New York Post said.

Devonte Kelly, 11, left Brookdale Hospital Wednesday and said he looked forward to meeting his hero -- New York Mets third baseman David Wright.

Kelly was shot last Sunday while playing in a game at Brooklyn's Starrett City Baseball field.

"I was walking over to my other coach, Gerald (Faison), I was going to ask him a question, but he was on the phone," Kelly told the newspaper while describing the incident. "I felt -- what I thought was a hard ball (in the back of the head).

Kelly was taken to Brookdale's emergency room where X-rays revealed the 9mm bullet lodged in his skull.

"Your first reaction is your heart goes out to the family," Wright told the newspaper before Wednesday's game against Philadelphia. "You never expect things like that to happen (but) I'm excited to meet him."

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