Boy, 12, killed in Fort Worth drive-by shooting

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by MARCUS MOORE & RYAN WOOD

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Posted on June 3, 2013 at 6:12 AM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 4 at 7:26 PM

FORT WORTH -- A 12-year-old boy died early Monday morning after he was shot in the head during a drive-by shooting at a Fort Worth home.

Fort Worth police said the drive-by shooting happened just before midnight Saturday at a home located in the 4400 block of Eastover Ave. According to police, the suspects were riding inside a dark-colored SUV and at least one was armed with a high-powered rifle.

James Hardemon was transported to the Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth, where he was later pronounced dead at 1:10 a.m. Monday.

"He had his whole life ahead of him," said Tamisha Winston, the victim's emotional mother, as she cried. "And somebody is just going to take that away from him."

"I'm going to miss everything about him," she said. "He's supposed to be right here with me. My baby is 12 years old."

The attack left the small, one-story home riddled with bullet holes and several windows and a TV set were destroyed.

"I wish I knew what kind of animal could walk around and be proud of himself?" said Coralin Winston, Hardemon's grandmother. "He killed a kid."

Winston said she has been haunted by the images she saw the night of the shooting.

"When I went over to him, they shot my baby in the face," she said. "Oh God." 

Demarion Taylor, 17, was also inside the home the night of the shooting and was shot in the leg. The teen, who was released from the hospital, said back on April 20, he was shot three times while riding in the backseat of a car. The shooting has not been connected to the case, but Taylor said the house on Eastover Avenue was the same home he went to for safety that day.

Police said the most recent shooting appears to be gang related, but Taylor said he is not part of a gang. It's also unclear who the gunmen were targeting.

Fort Worth police have not made an arrest in the case.

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