Mom opts for WebMD instead of 911 after son was shot by family friend


The internet can be an amazing resource, but sometimes conventional means of assistance are a better option. This is a lesson a Texas mom has learned when she opted for researching gunshot wounds on WebMD instead of calling 911, or going to the hospital, after her 14-year-old son was shot by a friend of the family who also resided at the same home.

The man seen above, 24-year-old Pete Jesse Rodriguez, was videotaped with a pistol on the Houston area home’s surveillance system. He pointed the gun and tracked the teen’s movement with the firearm and eventually pulled the trigger. Police said the victim was struck once in the upper left thigh with a high-caliber bullet.

Following being shot, the teen remained immobile on the floor for several minutes before he managed to get up. Then, amazingly, the police said the teen and his mom started looking up gunshot wounds on the website WebMD. It wasn’t until 7 hours later that the mom finally drove her son to an area hospital. The victim was transferred to another hospital and was said to be in stable condition as of yesterday.

Rodriguez has been charged with one count of injury to a child with intent to commit serious bodily injury and was being held on bond. Investigators are currently considering felony charges against the mother for the crime of injury to a child by omission.

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