LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- It was Sunday, January 28th. That's when David Toborowsky heard the news - his 18-year-old son Jacob had been shot in the head.
"The doctor told me we should go out and play the lottery back to back nights because we had a better chance of winning the Mega Millions and the Powerball than we did of him surviving," he said.
Jacob did survive and continues on the long road to recovery. Toborowsky said his son, who was a senior at Jeffersontown High School, has moved to Texas with his mother to continue his recovery.
"My son will not be the same," he said. "He is recovering. He will always have fragments of the bullet. He's had three surgeries. He has emotional trauma that will take time to heal."
Toborowsky said his son told family his friend had been playing with the gun and had told him the safety was on and that it was not loaded. Regardless of whether or not the shooting was intentional, he said something needs to be done.
"Putting him in jail, maybe that's a solution, but we don't need to fill the jails with vengeance," he said. "We need to fill the jails to be safe."
Toborowsky, who appeared on the reality television show "90 Day Fiance," said the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office told him Jacob's friend, William Meyer, is being charged as an adult even though he is only 17 years old. Meyer now faces a felony assault charge.
"What we are asking for is justice for Jacob that we can use this to help others, because if we save one more life or save a life, then we have done something," he said.
While he is not sure what has to be done to stop gun tragedies from happening both here in Louisville and around the country, Toborowsky said change needs to begin with a conversation.
"I've been a Republican, strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment, and I still am. But with that said, we need to sit down with all the stakeholders and say enough is enough," he said. "Bullets do not know political parties. They don't know skin color. The only think they know is blood - red."
According to Toborowsky, Meyer is expected to be in Jefferson County circuit court Monday morning at 11.