- Associated Press - Monday, November 9, 2015

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Shamodrick Bills was unresponsive as his body lay on the ground.

He couldn’t see. He couldn’t breathe.

He had been shot six times, with five bullets piercing his upper chest and another one striking his hip.

As Bills struggled to speak, Lubbock resident Tommy Parker grabbed the 15-year-old’s hand and began to pray.

“He started breathing and he looked up at me and I said, ‘Praise God, thank you,’” Parker told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (https://bit.ly/1k8LRz9). “I said, ‘I’m not going nowhere son, I’m right here.’ I didn’t want him to think for a minute that he was by himself because that must be a lonely place to be, laying there being left for dead and nobody comes to your aid.”

Bills was shot during what police call an aggravated assault Sept. 30 in the 2900 block of Beech Avenue in East Lubbock.

During the shootout, four men approached a home, drew handguns and fired at a group of people who fled, according to a warrant. Bills and a second victim were shot.

“I try not to think about it,” Bills said as he sat in a wheelchair at Trustpoint Rehabilitation Hospital of Lubbock. “I have flashbacks.”

Four weeks have passed since Bills began physical therapy to try and walk again after being shot.

He still has at least nine more weeks of therapy to go, said his mother, Lakendra Hodge.

“He’s building up his upper-body strength, working with his legs, getting the feelings back in his feet to make sure that he’s going to be able to walk again,” said Hodge, who has spent every night at the hospital with her son.

Even though police arrested two suspects - Demarco Lee, 19, and Byron Parker, 20 - on aggravated assault charges in connection with the shooting, Hodge said she still feels uneasy knowing Lee and Parker have bonded out of jail.

“They were charged with aggravated assault when it should have been attempted murder,” Hodge said. “Once he gets out of the hospital, (I plan) to move. … I don’t want any retaliation or anything. I just want to go.”

With the physical and mental pain of being shot still fresh, Bills is shy to speak about what happened. But, Parker said he hopes the teen finds the strength to share his “miracle” with others.

“From the time that I first saw him to where he’s at now, it’s just mind-boggling to see that young child laying there, almost like a lifeless body,” Parker said. “No question about it that it’s a miracle that he’s sitting up. … For God to bring you back from where you were to where you are today, he’s not through with you. Don’t fear nothing.”

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Information from: Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, https://www.lubbockonline.com

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