Just nine days following an apparent road rage shooting in Renton, 9-year-old Isaiah Johns has been released from the hospital and is recovering at home.
Family, friends, teammates and the community welcomed Johns in Burien on Sunday, Nov. 20, to celebrate his release from Harborview Medical Center. Johns reunited with his football and baseball teams, recieved gifts and was even able to toss a football.
The celebration was reported by King 5 News, who spoke with Johns’ grandfather, Michael Snyder. “It’s a miracle. One week ago we didn’t know that he’d live and today he’s throwing the ball with his friends,” Snyder told the outlet.
As Johns recovers from home, he will continue to use a feeding a tube and will need some additional surgeries after a bullet was removed from his chest and another bullet from the back of his neck.
The same day that Johns was released from Harborview Medical Center, the suspect vehicle involved in the shooting was recovered in Tukwila.
According to Washington State Patrol, the blue Ford Mustang is being processed for evidence. The vehicle was reported stolen a few days before the Nov. 11 shooting and officials say no suspect has yet been taken into custody.
In a Nov. 14 interview, Synder told KIRO 7 News that the suspect should turn themselves in, saying that “it’d be the right thing to do.”
The shooting took place around 2:30 p.m. on State Route 167 near Grady Way and Rainier Avenue in Renton, where the suspect shot into the black Dodge Durango, hitting Johns who was a passenger, before fleeing the scene fled on Southwest Grady Way towards Carr Street.
In that same Nov. 14 news segment, KIRO 7 reported that the shooting followed a dispute between with the driver of the stolen Mustang and Johns’ father.
It was reported that Johns and his sister were passengers in their father’s Durango, and that after their father exited his vehicle, the suspect in the Mustang fired his gun.