Teenage Basketball Player Hero....GREAT
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Teen Called Hero At Game Shooting
Player Shielded 6-Year-Old From Bullets, Father Says
UPDATED: 7:56 am CST February 5, 2009
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- When shots rang out at a basketball game at a local community center Friday, one of the players risked injury to save a 6-year-old boy.
Sean Merritt said he was at the game at the Tony Aguirre Community Center with his 6-year-old son, Desean, to watch the game between DeLaSalle High School and the Southeast Community Center team.
The boy stepped away from his father just as gunfire started in the fourth quarter, Merritt said.
Sean Merritt said 19-year-old Jullaion Jones stepped off the court and saved Desean's life. Jones put the 6-year-old on the ground and covered him until the gunfire stopped, holding him tight even after a bullet grazed Jones in the leg.
"Jullaion moved me and hided me in the corner, and covered his body over mine," said Desean Merritt.
It was a potentially lifesaving act of kindness that the Merritts said they will never forget.
"I almost get teary-eyed just thinking about it. It could have been worse than it was, God was really good that nothing happened to anyone. I'm glad he put Jullaion there to do what he did," said Sean Merritt.
None of the injuries was life-threatening. No suspects are in custody.
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