An 8-year-old boy is recovering at home with a broken knee, after he was hit by car Thursday afternoon in Fort Worth.
It happened shortly after four o’clock in the 5800 block of Kilpatrick Avenue. Fort Worth police tell NBC 5 that the vehicle that hit the boy was fleeing the scene of a shooting.
The boy, Samuel McNeal, told NBC 5 he never saw the car coming.
"I was walking home from school. I was almost to my house. And a big old car came and hit my leg," McNeal said, moments after arriving home from the hospital.
Neither he nor his mother, Broshundrick McNeal, knew at the time of the crash that the driver, a woman whose name has not yet been released, had been driving away from the scene of an argument that led to gunshots.
Fort Worth police had been investigating a report of the shooting nearby, in the area of Camp Bowie Boulevard, when the report of the crash was made, according to Officer Sharron Neal.
The argument reportedly involved two men fighting over the driver, Officer Neal said. One of the men pulled out a gun and fired at the other man, before the shooter hopped into the car with the woman and they sped off, according to Officer Neal.
After dropping off the shooter, the woman continued on to Kilpatrick. Officer Neal said the driver may have been driving recklessly and talking on a cellphone when she hit the boy.
The impact of the crash knocked one of the boy's shoes off, according to a witness.
The driver stopped and got out of the vehicle, police said.
When officers arrived they recognized her vehicle from the report of shooting report in the area. The woman was arrested on outstanding warrants, Officer Neal said. The details of those warrants have not been released.