Great Mills High School shooting survivor meets rapper Lightshow
WASHINGTON (ABC7) —
After last month's shooting in St. Mary’s County, students have returned to class at Great Mills High School — but 14-year-old Desmond Barnes, who was shot in the leg that day, skipped school Thursday.
Barnes is a big fan of Lightshow the rapper, and Thursday morning, the teen got a big surprise.
It took Barnes several minutes to recover from the shock of meeting Lightshow. The meeting happened in Northwest Washington, hosted by Lightshow's management team.
Barnes' mother, Kimberly Dennis, took him out of school for the surprise but she would not tell him why on their drive into the District.
“In the car, I just kept asking my mom, 'What are we doing? What are we doing?'" Barnes said.
“He had no idea,” Dennis said with a laugh. “He was like, "I hope you're not taking me to a museum."
Lightshow learned about Barnes from a family friend, who knew the teen followed the rapper.
“I started listening to him in 6th or 7th grade,” Barnes said.
When a gunman opened fire at Great Mills High School last month, Barnes was hit in the leg and called 9-1-1. “I was just shot at my school,” he told the operator.
Another student, 16-year-old Jaelynn Willey, was shot in the head. She later died.
Barnes continues to heal. He is evaluated by doctors each week.
“I think they're wanting to take the bullet out next month after it heals up and all the swelling goes down,” he said.
Barnes hopes to be fully recovered by August, in time to join the high school football team.
The rapper and his fan have a unique bond. Lightshow was also a victim of gun violence, surviving a gunshot wound about five years ago.
“I remember walking to school through shootings on both sides of the street,” Lightshow said.
Lightshow is a native of Southeast D.C., born Larinzo Lambright-Williams.
“I understand how it can be, I know the recovery process, I know what it's like to go through it and put your family through it,” he said.