"Tenacious" Gunshot Victim Turns 13, Relieved Case Appears Closed

The 12-year-old boy who was shot by a gunman in a home invasion is alive and well and celebrating life on his 13th birthday -and his gift was the arrest of three more suspects involved in the crime.

Newschannel 6 was welcomed into his family and able to introduce this young hero to you.

Even when he was hopping around his home he was smiling, but today he was glowing with a sense of relief.

In fact the whole family was - grateful that the case appears closed, and blessed to celebrate Brandon's life on his birthday.

"It's just a big relief that I got to reach 13," says Brandon Lovorn.  "I'm real happy I'm still alive and get to play baseball again."

The pain of just sitting down and the nightmares of that frightening Sunday seemed like distant memories compared to today's radiant smile.

The bandage - gone, and so are the bandits - behind bars tonight in the clay county jail.

"It's just a big relief to all of us that all those guys are in jail and last night we sat out and we had a BBQ," adds Brandon.  "It's a big relief and we're much happier now."

22-year-old Demarcus Davon Dockins, 20-year-old Corey Daniels, Jr., and 25-year-old Derrick Pratt all are charged with Engaging in Criminal Activity and Burglary of a Habitation.

The sheriff says burglary was indeed the motive, but their undoing was in some small part due to Brandon's courage.

"I describe him as a tenacious young man and also very brave," says Sheriff Kenny Lemons, Jr., of the Clay County Sheriff's Department.  "He was not afraid of anything and he was defending himself and his family and I tip my hat to him. He's a tough young man and maybe one day I'll get him as a deputy."

Brandon returned to school this week after missing classes after the mother's day attack. Tonight, he'll make another return - to the baseball diamond, taking the field for his Petrolia Pirates.

Jonah Kaplan, Newschannel 6