Atlanta boy hit by stray bullet gives grandmother a kiss - WNEM TV 5

Atlanta boy hit by stray bullet gives grandmother a kiss

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A 7-year-old boy who was shot late Sunday while playing outside near his northwest Atlanta home is recovering at an area hospital.

Darious Calhoun Jr. is recovering at Children Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.

His grandmother, Marlyn Lee, told CBS Atlanta News that he's showing real signs of progress.

"This morning he's doing better. They took him off the ventilator. So, all is good," said Lee.

The family said the young boy was the innocent victim of a gun battle.

Elrico Smith turned himself in to Atlanta police early Monday shortly after detectives released his name and picture.

Investigators told CBS Atlanta News that Smith faces charges of aggravated assault in the shooting.

CBS Atlanta News checked into his arrest history which includes aggravated assault in 2006 and a different arrest for disorderly conduct that same year.  And most recently in 2012, Smith was arrested for possession of marijuana.

"He did the right thing by turning himself in. Because out on the street in this neighborhood, children [are important]. The fact the he turned himself in is good because he would have probably ended up hurt," said Lee.

Lee said she can now focus her energy on young Darious' progress.

"I told him give me a kiss. I told him, 'Look at those lips, let nana get a kiss.' I reached over bent over all the way and he [puckered his lips] I was like, 'Oh he kissed me,'" said Lee.

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