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Alleged gunman indicted in shooting of Brooklyn boy, 13

Kemberly Richardson with the report from East Flatbush, Brooklyn/
April 24, 2014 5:39:55 PM PDT
The man who allegedly shot a 13-year old in Brooklyn has been indicted for attempted murder and assault.

21-year old Kareem Potomont faces a sentence of up to 25 years if convicted on the top count.

According to court documents, Potomont was waiting for an individual to exit a vehicle, and once seeing that person, opened fire, hitting Gama Droiville as he was standing nearby.

Gama was released from the hospital Tuesday afternoon.

Just eight days ago, he was at a bus stop with his aunt and cousin when he was shot.

Gama thanked everyone who helped him, and says he's feeling much better. Doctors are not sure if he will fully regain his eyesight.

Asked what is the first thing he wants to do when he gets home, Gama said "Go up to the Channel 7 station".

Smiling from ear to ear, he finally got to go home. This self-professed Eyewitness News fan was eager to meet me, both us kind of embarrassed by all the fuss.

"What do you think about all this attention you've gotten," I asked him. "It was great," he said, laughing.

Gama's world was thrown into a tailspin last Monday. He was standing a Flatbush corner with two relatives, waiting for a bus, when gunshots rang out. He was struck above his right eye and has undergone several surgeries that doctors hope will save his vision.

Police say Potomont was the one firing the gun, allegedly trying to hit another person but Gama got caught in the middle.

It's still not clear what effect all of this has had on Gama's vision.

"His eye has some inflammation and is in a healing phase, said Dr. Douglas Lazzaro of Kings County Hospital. "We can't give an exact prognosis, a little too early to tell."

Gama is teaching everyone a lesson about faith and forgiveness, showing nary a shred of anger or bitterness. Instead, he has a positive attitude and is thankful to still have life. He's even willing to absolve the 21-year-old man who nearly ended his time in this world.

"I told myself that the devil wants to kill me," he said, talking exclusively to Eyewitness News from his hospital bed Monday. "But God won't let that happen."

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It's a level of calm and faith most adults couldn't imagine in a story that's nothing short of incredible.

"I didn't know at first it was a bullet," he said. "My cousin said he heard two people arguing, and I heard gunshots, and I was confused, so I stood there. And everybody's running and falling and hurting themselves. But then that's when the bullet hit me."

Then, as he sat in a store bleeding from the head, came the moment that has the city marveling at the young man who wants to be an immigration attorney.

"I told everyone to relax and stay calm, because God is with me," he said.

Gama says he is feeling fine and is not in much pain. He can see out of his left eye, but there are still questions about the right.

"I don't think there's more operations, but I hope the Lord gives me my vision back," he said.

As for the alleged shooter, Gama says Kareem Potomont should go to jail, but he says he can forgive the man accused of nearly killing him.

"In the Bible, God says to forgive people," he said. "Revenge is not a good thing."

Potomont is charged with attempted murder, assault, weapons possession and reckless endangerment in the shooting.


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