The 6-year-old boy who was hit by gunfire near a pre-dawn J’Ouvert celebration in Brooklyn early Monday had one of his leg bones shattered by the bullet, his mother said Monday evening.
Maxwell Cesc-Dinho was recovering from surgery at Kings County Hospital to repair a shattered femur bone after being shot at about 3 a.m. near Crown Street and Nostrand Avenue Monday morning.
Maxwell was getting out of a cab with his mother, 47-year-old Patricia Brathwaite, when they were both shot, Brathwaite said at their apartment near the scene of the shooting.
“The bullet went through both legs,” Brathwaite said of her son’s injuries. “One leg it hit just muscle, but the other leg it shattered his bone, his femur bone.”
“His surgery went well. They had to give him some antibiotics and stuff, but he’s doing a lot better,” she said.
Brathwaite added both her and Maxwell avoided worse injuries because the bullets did not strike any of their arteries.
“The bullet went straight through my foot,” she said of her injury.
Brathwaite blamed a lack of morals among young people for the shooting — and for the uptick in violence across New York City and in her home borough.
“Young people are at a loss. I’m a Christian, and I truly believe that as adults, we need to get kids back into church and raise them with morals,” she said.
“That’s what a lot of young people don’t have — they don’t have morals, they don’t have values for life and I think that’s a lot of what’s going on,” she added.
Two people — a 21-year-old and a 15-year-old — were taken into custody at the scene for having guns on them, but it’s unclear if they were responsible for the shooting, police sources said.