Leo Bernal's father heard the unlocked door open, and thought it was his 20-year-old son returning home. 8-year-old Leo had just gone to bed. A stranger wearing a hooded sweatshirt entered the Culver City, CA house, exchanged a few words with the father.
The man opened fire, and some rounds penetrated the wall to the bedroom where Leo was lying in bed. Leo's dad ran into the bedroom to shield the boy as the gunman followed and continued to fire a total of 14 rounds.
Leo was hit in the head . The boy's 17-year-old brother in the same bedroom was uninjured.
Leo's skull had to be opened up to remove the bullet, and 23 staples in addition to 27 stitches were needed to close the wound.
"My head kinda hurts right now, but I'm OK with it," the boy said as he sat on a bench outside Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.
Leo's mother said that Leo is afraid to go home. "He's horrified."
A motive for the attack is still not known, and the family has set up a GoFundMe account to help cover the cost of surgery.