14-year-old Danville teen shot, family begging for answers

A 14-year-old Danville teen remains in critical condition after being shot over the weekend. (WCCU)

A 14-year-old Danville teen, Marcus Perry, remains in critical condition after being shot over the weekend.

Now his family and police continue to search for answers.

Police say around midnight on Saturday, a 14-year-old teen was shot near Garfield Park while walking on Griffin Street. He said he saw two people running in the opposite direction after the shots were fired.

His family continues to be by his side in the hospital waiting for him to wake up.

“Any father to see his child like that won't like it and it's veryit's tough,” said Marlon Perry, his father.

He said it doesn't make sense.

“He had no issues with anybody. He is not that type of kid; not that type of kid at all,” he said.

Something Vicki Clark can agree with, working with Marcus at North Ridge Middle School.

“Our teachers think really highly of Marcus because of the way he carried himself in school." Clark said.

She said he's now a freshman at Danville High School, playing sports like basketball and track. She said he was also on the honor roll, never looking to get into trouble.

“He really wants the best for everyone,” she said.

That's why she said the news was so surprising to her, but she continues to work with Danville's youth to support them and help them reach their goals.

"You should be able to walk anywhere in Danville without having to worry about getting shot," Clark said.

As everyone wonders why, his family hopes someone will come forward with answers.

“A lot of emotions come along with it, but ultimately I believe in God, and God is going to see this whole situation through,” Perry said.

So far, police said there are no clear motives and they are still searching for suspects.

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to contact Danville Police immediately.

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