Perry Hall shooting victim 'not out of the woods,' pastor says

The student victim of a shooting at Perry Hall High School is getting better, but he's "not out of the woods," his family's pastor said Thursday.

Daniel Borowy, 17, underwent surgery earlier this week and has another scheduled for Friday, said Dominic Correlli of the Perry Hall Family Worship Center.

"He has improved, but he's going through a lot," Correlli said.

Correlli said that when he visited the hospital Thursday, Borowy was groggy, hooked up to equipment and could not talk. His injuries included a bruised lung, broken rib and hole in his torso, Correlli said.

The teen remained in critical condition Thursday evening, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Borowy's parents are grateful for the outpouring of support they've received since the Monday shooting, though "their focus really has been on Daniel," Correlli said.

"They know there's people out there that care, that are concerned, that are praying," he said.

Correlli said Borowy's father wants to urge people to pay attention to what children are posting on social media sites.

"I think that was something he really discovered in this journey, in this whole thing he's going through — how we need to monitor our kids, and kids need to monitor kids," Correlli said.

On the morning of the shooting, alleged shooter Robert Wayne Gladden Jr., 15, had posted on Facebook, "First day of school, last day of my life."

The Borowy family's church is accepting donations for the family on its website, http://www.phfwc.org.

Borowy's classmates attempted to raise his spirits this week by campaigning for Lady Gaga, his music idol, to visit him in the hospital.

A social media campaign ensued, garnering attention from local media, Ravens players and even the famous bakers over at Charm City Cakes. The message seems to have reached the right ears.

Bruce Tyler, formerly the executive vice president of Sony Music and Columbia Records and a Baltimore native, said Wednesday that Borowy's story moved him, and he made sure Lady Gaga's people heard about it.

The "story today touched me deeply," Tyler said in an email. "While LG is out of the country for an extended period [on tour], I've nonetheless reached out to those that can help. I've already been told that LG will be sending something to Daniel, and I'm trying to get more."

According to his classmates, Borowy loves Lady Gaga and has a suitcase packed just in case he can get out to California and ask her to marry him.

Tyler said he's reached out to colleagues at Interscope, Gaga's label. He said she's "as passionate about her fans as any artist I've ever seen in my career."

He wasn't sure what Gaga's people and others might work out for Borowy — but he felt sure something was on the way.

"I just wanted to reach out and let you know your story is creating a cause to action by many," Tyler said. "It is definitely in the correct pipeline."

Correlli called Borowy "a really cool kid" with a big heart.

"Even when he comes into church, he's just like a star," the pastor said.

Baltimore County Councilman David Marks, who lives next to the school, said he and others have been inundated with inquiries from local businesses about how they could help Borowy's family.

"Perry Hall is a very big community," Marks said. "It's very suburban, it's very sprawling, but it kind of has this small-town feeling in many ways."

Marks met with Perry Hall Principal George Roberts on Thursday to discuss how the community could best support Borowy. The school plans a welcome-back assembly when Borowy returns, Marks said. People also are working to set up a central fund through a bank for people who want to donate to his family.

The Borowys have three other children: 22-year-old Nicholas, 19-year-old Jonathan and 15-year-old Sara.

Another child, Jessica, drowned at age 3 in 1991 in her grandparents' swimming pool. Borowy's mother, Rosemary, said she prayed to Jessica after the shooting.

"We believe that Jess helped him," his father, Milton, said. "She helped Daniel in her way on Monday, when he needed it the most."

The Associated Press contributed to this article.