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Family says Upstate boy injured by shotgun blast to be released from hospital

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Caleb Donald (Source: Family) Caleb Donald (Source: Family)
Allen Williams Jr. (Courtesy: CCSO) Allen Williams Jr. (Courtesy: CCSO)
Dispatchers said the shooting occurred on Kraft Street (May 10, 2017/ FOX Carolina) Dispatchers said the shooting occurred on Kraft Street (May 10, 2017/ FOX Carolina)
Caleb recovering Thursday after surgery. (Source: Family) Caleb recovering Thursday after surgery. (Source: Family)
GAFFNEY, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Allen Charron Williams Jr. went before a general sessions judge Monday afternoon in his second attempt at making bond.

Williams is charged with attempted murder and awaiting a judge's decision following the hearing on Monday.

The Cherokee Co. Solicitor's Office said it could take days for a judge to make a decision to grant or deny bond. A Cherokee Co. magistrate judge denied Williams bond last month.

The grandmother of a 10-year-old child who was shot while riding in the bed of his father's pickup truck, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help the family with expenses.

Cherokee County Sheriff Steve Mueller said deputies were called to the hospital shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday to meet with a gunshot victim.

At the hospital, deputies met with the father of the victim, who said he was driving the truck around the block near his home when he heard a loud pop and then his son, who was riding in the back, began crying and saying he had been shot.

Deputies learned that someone fired a shotgun at the truck and the child was hit with the pellet spray. The father and another passenger in the truck were not hit by the shotgun spray.

The victim's mother, Tammy Rising, said her son Caleb had approximately 18 pellets embedded in his skin, including in his head. She said some of them were removed at a Gaffney emergency room, but Caleb was transferred to Greenville Memorial with 10 BBs still stuck in his face, head and hand.

Rising said Caleb underwent a 3.5 hour surgery on Wednesday but doctors were not able to remove all of the pellets in his face due to swelling.

Rising posted this update on Facebook late Wednesday:

I would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers today. It certainly has been a long 24 hours. We could not have made it through without God, family, and dear friends by our side. I would like to thank Cherokee County Deputies and Gaffney City Police for their quick action last night to arrest Allen Williams. Caleb underwent a 3.5 hour surgery today in attempts to remove more pellets from his head and face. Some were unable to be removed at this time due to swelling. He has had some vomiting and pain this evening but is currently resting with Mom and Dad by his side. Gaffney ER and Greenville Memorial have been wonderful and I can't thank the doctors, nursing staff, and EMS enough for the awesome care they have provided. I would also like to thank the Principal and teachers at Alma Elementary who traveled to Greenville today to bring Get Well cards and care packages to Caleb. Our family is forever grateful to you all.

On Friday, she posted and said Caleb was getting ready to be released from the hospital.

"Now we start healing on the inside," Rising said.

Mueller said witnesses had seen the pickup circle the block several times and that Allen Charron Williams Jr. placed bricks in the road in an attempt to stop the vehicle if it came around again. When the truck appeared, witnesses said Williams fired a single shotgun blast at the truck and then ran into the woods.

"The guy who shot at it was, like, out of his mind," said Sierra McKenney, who witnessed the incident. "He can't walking up and down the road with a gun and he thought that they were after him or something probably."

Deputies were able to locate Williams and arrested him on an attempted murder charge.

Williams appeared in bond court on Wednesday where he was denied bond.

Mueller said it is still unclear why the father was driving around the neighborhood.

The investigation is ongoing and Mueller said more charges could be filed.

On Thursday, Caleb's grandmother launched a GoFundMe campaign to benefit the family. Williams is hoping to raise $1,000 to help the family pay for gas as they travel to and from the hospital, as well as food and medical supplies.

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