HOUSTON - Less than two months after a 4-year-old boy was shot in a drive-by shooting, the man accused in that shooting turned himself into police. But not before issuing an apology from the pulpit.
When you see Isaiah Nicholas, you would never know he had been a victim of a senseless crime. Police say Candale Hall unloaded eight rounds of bullets into Nicholas' family's home. One of those bullets hit the boy in the forehead. For weeks, he was hospitalized in critical condition.
Sunday, family and friends gathered to celebrate his miraculous recovery. During the service, Hall showed up, escorted by police, and he issued an apology.
"I'm sorry to the family for what I put you through. My intentions were never to harm you, or nothing in that way. I'm sorry," Hall said.
An emotional family embraced the man responsible for their pain.
"Did you forgive him?" a KPRC reporter asked.
"Oh, yes! Yes, I mean, we are Christians and we have to forgive," Lisa Ceasar, Isaiah's grandmother said.
Ceasar said her grandson still has some problems with his breathing. And the shooting left more than a physical scar.
"He still has dreams, nightmares. We cannot imagine what it's like for a 4-year-old kid, in the comfort of his grandmother's home, a safe place, to end up with a bullet in his forehead," said Bishop James Dixon II, a family friend.
Isaiah's grandmother said he lit up for the first time at Sunday's celebration when surrounded by the outpouring of love from the community.
"He was real happy, real happy," Ceasar said.
The family moved out of their home after the traumatic incident. The money raised at Sunday's benefit will go toward paying off the medical bills and finding a new place to live.
As for Candale Hall, he was escorted by police to the church. He has been charged with aggravated assault in connection with the March 31 shooting.
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