A young black boy from Ypsilanti Township is recovering from a harrowing experience of being threatened with a sledgehammer and then shot as he retrieved his bike from his neighbor’s front yard.
The boy’s father, Arnold Daniel, said his kids were outside on their bikes on Candlewood Lane when they stopped their bikes and left one out in front of a neighbor’s home.
When 6-year-old Coby when back to get his bike, Mr. Daniel said their neighbor came out carrying a sledgehammer and said something to the child.
Mr. Daniel said he didn’t know exactly what his neighbor, who is Asian, said, but he knows his son responded.
At that point, the neighbor went back inside and shot the boy through his front window, striking him in the arm.
“He tried hitting me with a sledgehammer, but that’s not going to work because I’m too fast. (Then he) got a gun, and BOOM shot me right here,” Coby told the news outlet.
Coby is fortunate to be alive; doctors explained that he would’ve likely been killed if the bullet had been an inch over in either direction.
The neighbor, Ryan Le-Nguyen, was arrested by the Washtenaw County Sherriff and charged with assault with intent to murder. Three days later, he was released on a $10,000 bond.
Now the Daniel family is angered and confused. “I’m trying to figure out he got a bond so low for trying to kill my kid,” Mr. Daniel said.