Family files lawsuit after 12-year-old is shot during game of Ding Dong Ditch

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by Gene Kang

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 16, 2011 at 2:35 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 16 at 5:15 PM

(WHAS11)  A civil lawsuit was filed Thursday afternoon against the man accused of shooting 12-year-old Jacob Eberle, who is at Kosair Children’s Hospital in stable condition after suffering complications from surgery.

Jacob’s uncle, Bart McMahon, says Jacob had problems eating, after surgery to remove lead pellets from his face, neck and arms; not every pellet could be removed because of possible trauma to the body.

Police say that Jacob was shot while attempting to prank a neighbor, with friends on Monday night.  Officers told WHAS11 that 56-year-old Michael Bishop shot the child and is charged with attempted murder.  Bishop bonded out of jail on a $10,000 bond earlier in the week.

Jacob and a group of boys were playing a game of Ding Dong Ditch, which is a game of ringing door bells and running away.  McMahon says Jacob’s friend approached the home in the Glenmary subdivision, but did not get a chance to ring Bishop’s doorbell that night; they were about 20 to 30 yards from the man’s front door, when they heard Bishop and ran the other way.  Jacob was hit in the back by bird shot, which is a spray of dozens of pellets.

McMahon says a civil lawsuit will be filed against Bishop for emotional trauma and mounting medical bills.  “Jacob, he was shot with bird shot and had several entry points.  It is looks like an ice cream cone with sprinkles everywhere.  It is horrendous and a nightmare.  Jacob is in great pain.  I cannot imagine the medical bills; they are astronomical.  He will have to get counseling. He has permanent mental and physical problems.  He was happy and fun loving and welcoming to everyone,” said McMahon.

Jacob is the oldest of three sons and will be an 8th grader at St. Michael’s in Jeffersontown this Fall; he is athletic and artistic, according to his uncle.  He could be out of the hospital by next week, at the earliest.

Bishop will be in criminal court Friday morning.
 

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