11-year-old boy accidentally shot in Prince George’s Co. comes home for the holidays

SUITLAND, Md. - An 11-year-old boy accidentally shot earlier this month is home for the holidays and got a special surprise from Prince George's County Police.

Back on December 5th, police responded to a home in the 3000 block Bellamy Way around 6:40 p.m. for a shooting.

On Thursday, they came back to the home to surprise Caleb Harry with Christmas gifts including legos, a Star Wars toy, and some board games.

"I'm happy that I'm home for Christmas," Caleb said.

His father, Mark, says he was in California when he got the call from his neighbor and family friend that Caleb was shot.

Mark says the neighbor was doing an audit for his upcoming move and had the gun out. It accidentally went off as he was putting it away.

Caleb was rushed to the hospital in critical condition.

"He had a puncture through the heart and a puncture through the lung, and his diaphragm was also punctured,"  says Mark.

He says Caleb had three different surgeries. In-between the procedures, he went into cardiac arrest and had a stroke.

He says the last surgery involved removing a blood clot in his brain, a surgery very rare for children.

"At first they looked at the x-rays and they were like, they didn’t think he was going to make it, but at the end of the day, someone had a greater thought for him then any one of us could actually see," says Mark. "As he woke up, the next day he sat up, the next day he stood up, the day after that he walked and it’s just been a whirlwind after that."

Mark says Caleb still has a long road ahead of therapy, physical and occupational, as well as a series of tests and follow-ups.

A full recovery is not completely guaranteed and it could be at least six months before they look at the possibility of Caleb playing any contact sports, including basketball, his favorite.

As for what happened, Mark says the neighbor handled the situation the best way he possibly could.

"He said he was sorry and he didn’t mean to do it and I forgave him," says Caleb.

Caleb and his father plan to spend a lot of quality time over the Christmas holiday with other extended family, and enjoy some video games.