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13-year-old gunshot victim shares near-death experience
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13-year-old gunshot victim shares near-death experience


Charleston "Brother" Burnett is only 13, but he's already escaped death once.

"I was really supposed to die that night," Burnett said. "But God saved me."

A bullet grazed the teen's head on Thursday night while he was riding in his grandfather's truck on Cedar Avenue in Macon.

A police report says the shots were fired from a brown Cadillac as it was driving by.

"We were riding up the street and we passed Alyssa and them. Then about 4-5 seconds later, they had started shooting. They shot through the window, it passed my little cousin and it hit me," Burnett said.

That shooting killed 16-year-old Alyssa Jackson.

"I thought a tire had blown out," the teen's grandfather said.

Instead, a bullet shattered the rear window, shot through the headrest and grazed Burnett in the back of the head.

The older Burnett says the boy screamed, "Granddad, I'm hit! I said, 'Boy, you ain't hit.' He said, 'I'm hit! I'm hit!' So I reached over there and felt the back of his head and felt all the blood."

Miraculously, the teen walked away with just a scar on the back of his head.

"It hit me," Burnett said. "But (the doctors) say somehow, it went a different direction."

This year, the Burnetts say they have a lot to be thankful for.

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