GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Seven-year-old Keyanu Cordona worked on his grandpa's front yard on Friday because his grandpa was still in the hospital with a bullet wound to his leg.
Grandpa had asked for his help.
"My grandpa couldn't do it, so I had to," Keyanu said after dragging out the sprinkler to the front yard Friday morning.
His grandpa, Willie Ware Jr., 67, takes care of his family and his yard. He has the greenest grass in the neighborhood.
Ware was watering the front yard about 9 p.m. Wednesday when a gunman ran through the neighborhood on Thomas Street near Neland Avenue SE and opened fire at a passing car. Ware was hit once in the left thigh while shielding his grandson .
Keyanu was riding a Spiderman bike near the driveway.
"I didn't see it, but I thought it was firecrackers and he said, 'Run,' then a bullet shot, and he got shot and then he fell," Keyanu said. "Then I came back to him and he had a hole in his pants. It was a bullet shot."
The bullet shattered a bone in his grandfather's leg, sending him to the hospital. Police said they haven't identified the shooter or the intended targets.
"He got shot in the leg because somebody was shooting at a car," the boy said. "They don't know how to aim."
Keyanu said he didn't understand until later that his grandpa was trying to keep him safe.
"That makes him a hero," Keyanu said, because, without his grandpa, "I could have got shot and dead."
He has spent a lot of time at Mercy Health Saint Mary's, where his grandpa is recovering, and said he didn't want to leave him there , but he had to.
"I thanked him," Keyanu said. "I'm going to thank him all my life."
So, there he was on Friday, setting up the sprinkler in the front yard, then moving to his grandpa's backyard garden, with tomatoes, green beans and green peppers.
Just in case his grandpa was watching the TV news from his hospital bed, he wanted to tell him: "I watered your grass, and I watered your plants in the back yard."
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