He survived, but still has a long road of recovery ahead.
Friends said Carter Ciemania is in a rehabilitation clinic in Baltimore with his family, but hundreds of miles away in Fairmont, his family at the Mushin Do Karate School is cheering him on throughout his recovery.
"He's always been like a brother to me almost, and he's a very hard fighter, and I know he'll get through this," said Connor Glaspell.
It's the news no parent, teacher, or friend ever wants to hear: a shooting involving a child.
"That night, we all kind of just gathered at the hospital," said instructor Marshal Sherry.
Carter Ciemania's family says he sustained a traumatic brain injury, was on a ventilator for 17 days, and had three major brain surgeries after being in PICU for 8 weeks.
"I hope he gets through it very well," said Christian Lewis.
"We prayed for him, and we just asked God for whatever he wanted to do in the situation," said Sherry.
But it soon became obvious that that "plan" meant the Mushin Do community would unite as one.
"Our Do Jo is very much like a family, we're very close-knit. Carter is one of our most dedicated and most passionate kids, he loves what he does," said Sherry.
In support of one of the school's most promising students, the school began selling T-Shirts to help Carter's family pay for his medical bills.
"We've got Carter's favorite Bible verse on the back, and of course, we had to put on there what Carter loves to do, which is the karate," said Sherry.
Marion County Prosecuting Attorney Patrick Wilson, who is also one of Carter's karate instructors, recused himself from the case but offers his utmost support for Carter, and he's not alone.
"He's one of the strongest people I've every known, he's really innovative," said Logan Robinson.
"Carter's one of the dearest friends to me in Do Jo, so we all know he's gonna get through this really well," said Eleanor Capuder.
"Kickin it for Carter" is a fundraiser set for June 28 at Palatine Park at 1 p.m.