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Star B-Ball Player Loses Leg, in a Coma After Shooting



    A local high school student and basketball star remained in a coma Friday night, after a shooting in which police say he was an innocent bystander. Police now know the man they are looking for. NBC10's Nefertiti Jaquez talked to the sister of the victim. (Published Saturday, May 3, 2014)

    A star basketball player with a bright future is fighting for his life after a shooting last week in North Philadelphia. But even if Devin Bullock, a 19-year-old Senior at New Media Technology survives, his life will never be the same. One of Bullock's legs was amputated due to injuries he suffered during the shooting.

    "They took his heart," said his sister, Crystal Evans, while in tears. "He loves basketball."

    Bullock was walking home on the 2500 block of W. Thompson street in the Brewerytown section of the city back on April 23 when he stopped to greet a few of his neighborhood friends.

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    That's when police say a gunman pulled up in a black vehicle and opened fire, striking Bullock and two 22-year-old men.

    Bullock was struck in the right thigh and groin.

    Police say Bullock was an innocent bystander while one of the other victims was the intended target. Yet while the two other victims are stable, police say Bullock is still in critical condition. He remains in a coma after one of his legs was amputated.

    Bullock is a star basketball player at New Media with three college scholarships.

    "He worked so hard, he was so dedicated," Evans said. "Dedicated to being a man. Dedicated to being a leader and being an example. They took that from him."

    Despite her heartbreak, Evans is confident that her brother will pull through and survive.

    "I know his spirit," she said. "He's a fighter. He's going to keep fighting."

    On Friday, police identified the gunman as 20-year-old James Cole(pictured) of West Delphine Street. Police say Cole was involved in an argument with one of the 22-year-old victims two days prior to the shooting.

    Police say Cole is known to frequent 1800 West Cumberland Street and 400 Delphine Street. Investigators also say he may be driving a black 2011 Toyota Camry with tinted windows and the PA Tag "HVD-0779." He is considered armed and dangerous.

    Even though her brother was not the intended target, Evans says she will never be able to forgive Cole.

    "When you wake up and you make that intention to take someone's life, whether it was intended for him or not, you deserve to get everything back," she said. "You reap what you sow."

    If you have any information on Cole's whereabouts, please contact Philadelphia Police.

    Teachers and students have organized a drive to help Bullock and his family with medical expenses. You can visit to donate money for his recovery.

    The school will also hold a fundraiser for Bullock on May 27 at 209 Leedom Street in Jenkintown, Pa. from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.