Mekhi Benson shot: 11-year-old sustains spinal cord fracture driving by Spring Area; Keandre Jackson’s bond at $500,000

SPRING, Texas (KTRK) — An 11-year-old boy who authorities say was injured in the neck during a drive-by shooting sustained a spinal cord fracture, but his mother says they don’t yet know if he did will be paralyzed.

Mekhi Benson continues treatment in hospital after the weekend’s shooting at the 5000 block of Roth Forest Lane in the Spring area.

Mekhi’s mother told Eyewitness News on Tuesday that they are waiting for the swelling to go down before paralysis is diagnosed.

ABC13’s Mycah Hatfield spoke exclusively to Mekhi Benson’s mother as the boy continues to fight for his life. You can watch parts of this interview on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. on Eyewitness News

The potential of the life-altering state surfaced during an initialization Appearance in court for 19-year-old Keandre Jackson, who is accused of his role in the shooting.

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According to authorities, Jackson and his teenage cousin, who is only in middle school, had threatened the 11-year-old to shoot down his house over a dispute between the two middle schoolers over a girl.

MPs said earlier Saturday night, before the shooting, there was a dispute between teenagers in a separate apartment building involving the 11-year-old, but the situation was temporarily calmed by a parent.

Jackson is accused of driving his cousin to the 11-year-old’s Roth Forest home and shooting him four times in his upstairs bedroom window.

In addition to Mekhi, his 35-year-old mother was also shot in the pelvic area.

Not only are Jackson and his cousin facing charges of drive-by shooting, according to court records, the two went home, where they stayed and bragged about their crime.

Jackson was arrested on two counts of aggravated assault on Sunday. His bail was set at $500,000.

To learn more about this story, follow Mycah Hatfield on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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