The parents of a 16 year-old Breaux Bridge shooting victim are speaking out a day after their daughter was shot while sitting inside a vehicle following a prom after party.
Their daughter, Candace Sam, is currently in the ICU in a Baton Rouge hospital after a gunman opened fire on the vehicle where she was one of five people sitting inside.
After Breaux Bridge High School’s prom Saturday night, Sam went to an after party. She was in front seat on the way home, when a gunman opened fire on the vehicle striking Sam once in the arm, however the bullet traveled to an area beneath her heart.
Her father, Jermaine Sam, tells News Ten that bullet remains lodged inside his daughter.
“It is in a spot where if she has surgery there’s a 50-50 chance of living. They would have to do a surgery from her back to her breast and break her ribs,” Sam said.
His 16-year-old daughter remains in the ICU in Baton Rouge. The other 4 victims in the car escaped unharmed.
“Candace and I, we go through everything together. I can’t, I’m sorry,” Layala Girod said as she fought back tears.
Emotions are running high for the entire community after prom night turned into a nightmare.
“The doctor said, he doesn’t know how she survived it. But you can’t say you don’t know how because if it wasn’t for God she wouldn’t have survived it,” Sam said.
18-year-old Peter Castille of Breaux Bridge is charged with 5 counts of attempted second degree murder following the shooting.
This was not Castille’s first run in with the law. Last year he was arrested on multiple felony charges after an investigation was initiated into a report of a missing female juvenile from the Breaux Bridge area.
Until recently Castille was a student at Breaux Bridge High, however had been expelled following multiple incidents at the school according to law enforcement.
“You really have to pay more attention to our kids. If they are going somewhere you just have to be with them, not saying that we can stop it but you know just pay more close attention to them.” Sam said.
News Ten spoke to Candice’s mother today, who says her daughter is in ICS at a Baton Rouge hospital and says as of now they are not doing another surgery.
Candice will remain in ICU for about another four days until she’s moved to her own room.