Ron Richard, family attorney of the 7-year-old victim of the shooting at Moss Bluff Elementary, has issued a statement on behalf of the family.

The student, 7-year-old Gage Meche, is still in critical condition and recovering from surgery, but is awake and alert at this time. The family wishes to thank everyone in the community for their prayers and kind words, and would like to remind everyone to please make sure to properly secure any firearms in your homes.

Anyone wishing to help the family with the high cost of medical care can do so by donating at any Jeff Davis bank to the account labeled "MBE First Grade Student".

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