16-year-old boy shot in head while lying in bed after round goes through his window

- Sanford Police are investigating a drive-by shooting that has left a 16-year-old boy injured. It happened at a home on Little Fox Avenue on Monday.

“I just heard gunshots, and all my kids jumped up, so I got looking around the house making sure everybody is all right,” said Shaun Merrill Sr.

When his son, Shaun Merrill Jr., didn’t get out of bed following a barrage of bullets, Merrill knew something wasn’t right.

“My daughter cut on the light, that’s when I seen the blood come out of his head. He had got shot in his head, so that’s when I called the paramedics,” Merrill said.

A bullet had struck Merrill Jr., and he was rushed to the hospital where he underwent surgery to have it removed. Bullet holes are still visible on a car that was parked in the driveway.

“Bullets everywhere, all in my car, all in my house, one hit my son in the head,” Merrill said.

Merrill Jr. was a starting point guard on the Winter Springs High School Varsity basketball team and also played traveling basketball.

“Always a good kid, never really in any trouble he goes to school, comes home, basketball practice, basketball is his passion I can tell you that much,” said his coach Ondraus Campbell.

Sanford Police aren’t releasing many details, but Merrill says they are reviewing some surveillance video from a neighbor’s camera, meanwhile Merrill says he has no idea why his house was targeted.

“My son is 16 years old, he goes to Winter Springs High School, he plays Varsity basketball... he don’t know nothing about the street life,” Merrill said.

Merrill Jr. was last listed in stable condition, so far no arrests have been made.

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