Description: HOLLYWOOD, FL -- Brandon Reid was up late at his mother's home, happily watching TV coverage of the Miami Heat's third championship win -- when suddenly, a bullet zipped through the sliding glass door and into his head.
The wounded 15-year-old boy fell to the ground. Puzzled by what happened, he stood back up. He knew it was serious when his mother and younger brother came to his aid and looked worried.
Brandon turned out to be the victim of what Miramar police say was celebratory gunfire following the Heat's win just before midnight Thursday.
"I thought a rock hit me first," Brandon recalled Saturday during a news conference at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital.
The boy and his family said they were grateful that doctors successfully removed the bullet from the lower right side of Brandon's head. The boy's prognosis is good.
"This young man here is a brave young man, a very strong young man," said Brandon's stepfather, Daryl Denson. "It's a miracle that Brandon is still here with us, sitting up here in this hospital."
Pediatric neurosurgeon Dean Hertzler said Brandon was fortunate, because the bullet hit the thickest part of his skull, leaving a slight crack. Hertzler said he thinks the bullet may have slowed going through the glass door.