Authorities said Isaiah Nicholas was the innocent victim of a gunman who fired on his home.
According to officials, the shooting happened around 5pm Saturday at a home on Madera Road near Thorn Street in northeast Houston.
Police said the shooter was outside when he fired about nine rounds in the direction of the house.
Six children, including two of the alleged gunman's own kids, were inside.
"He just started shooting at the windows where the kids were, and there was just bullets going everywhere," the victim's grandmother, Lisa Ceasar, said.
Ceasar crawled to cover the children, then saw her grandson.
"My grandson, he was lying on the floor and he had a big hole in his head. I thought he was dead," she said. "But he did, he got up. And he just started running."
Police soon arrived. In shock, but conscious, Isaiah was rushed to Memorial Hermann Hospital.
On the way, the preschooler had a conversation with his mother.
"He said, 'Momma, I don't want to die,'" Ceasar said. "He's four. My daughter said he kept saying it. He said it in the hospital. 'I don't want to die. I don't want to die.'"
With the shooter still on the loose and little Isaiah now on life support, the family is praying for the boy's recovery.
They said the bullet went through his forehead and down through his face. He will have to undergo reconstructive surgery when he is well enough.
So far, Houston police have not made any arrests, but they do have leads.
"What I'm hoping for is that they will lock him up," Ceasar said. "I wouldn't want anybody to go through this."
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