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Lake Wales Police looking for gunmen who hit 11-year-old

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Janet Walker's home of 27 years looked more like a target range Sunday afternoon.

"One hit right here there, here and there," she pointed out.

Bullet holes leave frightening reminders in her kitchen. One traveled into a bedroom and landed in a closet.

"This is where it stopped it," Walker pointed out.

Walker's 11-year-old grandson Lavirious Jones and a 17-year-old cousin were in the kitchen around 2 a.m. cleaning up.

Officers with the Lake Wales Police Department said someone outside shot into their home several times.

One bullet hit Lavirious in the arm.

"They just shot my kid like he wasn't nothing," said Walker.

They believe it was a random shooting.

"We don't believe they were aiming for an 11-year-old. If they were, we have worse issues than I thought," said Lt. David Black.

Officers are outraged over the shooting.

"It is ridiculous. It is scary. It is aggravating. To be honest with you, it makes you mad anytime a little kid gets hurt. It infuriates you, and it's senseless," said Lt. Black.

Walker said she does not know why anyone would target her family -- let alone her grandson.

"He is just a fun little boy. He likes to play football. He likes to play with his friends," she said.

As Lavirious comes home to heal, Walker hopes to move her family out.

"I don't even want to live in my house anymore," she said.

To get her family away from a memory, that could have been deadly.

"It could have been worse than what it was and I tell you thank you Jesus that it wasn't," she said.

Lavirious was released from the hospital Sunday afternoon.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call Detective Bruce Yoxall at (863) 678-4223 extension 269, or Heartland Crime Stoppers at (800) 226-8477.

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