Teen shot in chest with bow and arrow

Thursday, November 6th 2008, 5:03 pm
By: News 9


OKLAHOMA CITY - A teen has been arrested in the bow and arrow shooting of a 13-year-old.

According to Sgt. Gary Knight, 14-year-old Caleb Parham is being held in a juvenile detention center on complaints of assault with a deadly weapon.

Parham allegedly shot 13-year-old Johnathon Brainard in the chest with an arrow on N.W. 161st, near May Avenue, police said. A neighbor called 911 for help.

"I witnessed this child falling to the ground with an arrow to his chest, and of course, like any other parent, I began to call 911," neighbor Sonja Vaughn said.

Neighbors said Brainard had an ongoing rivalry with a fellow student at Summit Middle School.

The two teens were involved in an argument at Parman's home at about 3:15 Thursday when Parham loaded a compound hunting bow with an arrow and shot Brainard in the chest, Knight said.

According to Brainard's mother, the arrow went through his sternum and punctured his right ventricle.

At least eight children may have witnessed the shooting. They were taken downtown and questioned by police. Police have not indicated what charges might be filed against the shooter.

Brainard was rushed to the OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City where he is listed as in fair condition in the ICU. Doctors said Brainard is extremely lucky to be alive.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.