REDLANDS, Calif. (KTLA) -- A high school student who was shot in the face while walking to the movies with friends has not only recovered, he played in a football game Thursday night with his high school team.
Jordan Howard was hit with a bullet near his left eye. The bullet exited through his temple.
Doctor's told Jordan's mother that her son would live, but wouldn't play football again. They had recommended surgery to remove the damaged eye. However, Mrs. Howard decided against the surgery.
Jordan's health stabilized, then improved. For months, he could not see out of his left eye. And he felt guilty that he survived while two of his friends were killed in the shooting.
But now, 10 months after the shooting, Jordan has 20-20 vision in his left eye, and he will play his final regular-season football game for the Cajon Cowboys. He's the team's captain, and he has scholarship offers to play in college.
On January 5, Jordan told his mom he was going to walk to the movies with friends. The teens took a shortcut through the Cinnamon Creek Apartments. Police reports say a gunman got out of a car and followed Howard and his teenage friends for several minutes. The gunman opened fire near a playground.
Quinn McCaleb and Andrew Jackson were killed. A bullet caught Howard near his eye. Another teen was shot in the leg. A fifth was not hit.
No motive for the shooting has been identified. None of the four victims were affiliated with gangs.
No suspects have been arrested, and the investigation into the shooting continues.
High School Shooting Victim Recovers, Plays in Final Football Game
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