PLYMOUTH, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — The family of a Luzerne County teenager who was shot in the head in May and nearly died says they want justice, and they want answers in the shooting.
15-year-old Owen Brown remains in the hospital recovering from his injuries. He marked his 15th birthday in the intensive care unit.
Owen Brown’s mother, Sara Chicallo, tells 28/22 News I-Team Reporter Andy Mehalshick that doctors told her in the days after the shooting that he probably would not make it.
But she says she has yet to receive information from investigators about what led to that shooting and we must caution you, some of the images in this report may be disturbing to some viewers.
“I didn’t think he was going to make it through this. He went through a lot. He was in a coma, he had a fever of 105 for, like, weeks. I didn’t think he was going to be here but he proved everybody wrong,” Chicallo explained.
Chicallo says she will never forget the day her son was shot in the head. It happened inside an apartment at 72 South Franklin Street in Plymouth on the evening of May 27.
“When did you realize something bad had happened?” Mehalshick asked.
“One of the kids that was there with him actually ran in my house and said he was shot. I was startled. I didn’t know what to think, so I ran out of the house two blocks down the street,” Chicallo said.
According to a state police search warrant affidavit, when officers arrived on scene, Owen was on the living room floor with a gunshot wound to his head. An empty nine-millimeter casing was near him.
Several other people were in the apartment, including two other teens and an adult.
Chicallo says she has not heard from investigators.
“I haven’t heard anything. I’d like to hear something as soon as possible or I’m going to take it to higher up because this is ridiculous. My son almost lost his life and the people who did this are still out there, or whatever happened I don’t know,” Chicallo stated.
She had this message to the people who were inside that apartment when her son was shot.
“If that was your child, your kid, that was your child, wouldn’t you want to know what happened? They were his friends, would you guys want to come to the mother? Grieving mother and tell her what happened? Not one of them came to me and said anything,” Chicallo said.
She hopes to bring him home soon, but he still has many challenges ahead.
“He couldn’t talk for a while. It was all just sign language, thumbs up, thumbs down, but slowly, he started talking. That was just one of the best feelings ever,” Chicallo explained.
We did reach out to investigators regarding the case and have not yet heard back.
Owen was supposed to come home next week, but on Thursday, doctors told his mom he had to remain in the hospital for another month or so.