On April 1, Devyn Holmes was shot in the head on Facebook Live. It happened when he was parked at a gas station with two friends. Since then, he’s been in the hospital sedated and on life support. It’s been touch and go for the shooting victim, but his family has recently reported some progress in Holmes’ condition.
Devyn Holmes, the man who was shot in the head on Facebook Live, seems to be on the road to recovery. We have the latest on Holmes’ condition, including the fact that he’s breathing on his own now, as well as what the future may have in store for him.
How Was Devyn Holmes Shot?
On April 1, Devyn Holmes, Cassandra Damper, and Cadillac Coleman were parked at a Valero gas station on Almeda and Southmore in southwest Houston, Texas. Damper and Coleman were playing with a gun inside the car. Coleman had his phone out, broadcasting their video on his Facebook page.
In the video, Coleman claimed that Holmes shouldn’t be worried, as the gun Damper was playing with wasn’t loaded. Shortly afterward, the gun, very much loaded, went off, shooting Holmes in the head.
Damper was initially charged with tampering with evidence, as she allegedly attempted to wash the gun powder off of her hands before testing. Now Damper is charged with aggravated assault with reckless serious bodily injury. Since being charged, she has been released on a bond, but she has an ankle monitor and a curfew to follow.
Saved by Bystanders
The fact that Holmes survived being shot in the head is a miracle in itself. People came over to help, including an off-duty firefighter named Chas Martin. Because help came so quickly, Holmes made it to the hospital alive.
Devyn Holmes was taken to Ben Taub Hospital, where he underwent surgery to minimize the damage to his brain. Holmes was then placed on life support and kept sedated to allow for better healing.
Devyn Holmes Beginning to Recover
According to Holmes’ family, his recovery is beginning. The first update we got came from his mother, Sheree Holmes, on her Facebook page on April 8. While she didn’t go into specifics, she did say that he was making amazing progress.
Most recently, a post made on a GoFundMe page by his sister, Shayla Holmes, said that he is not out of the woods, but is improving.
According to the message, Holmes is now breathing on his own at a rate of approximately 80%. He also appears to be responding to verbal commands with small physical gestures. His eyes are open, and he can blink in response to questions. Holmes also appears to be able to wiggle his toes and fingers on command.
He is wiggling his toes and opening his eyes! The man who was shot in the head during Facebook Live is making progress. Devyn Holmes’s mother speaks exclusively with @abc13houston at 6pm #doitfordevyn pic.twitter.com/CrVd3XutlT
— Shelley Childers (@shelleyabc13) April 16, 2018
Unfortunately, both the current hospital care and the ongoing treatment that Holmes will need are expensive. To that end, there are a few different initiatives. The main way to help is through a GoFundMe page that is raising money to help take care of the medical bills.
Beyond that, there is also a Facebook page approved by the family that is selling T-shirts, the proceeds of which will help out Holmes’ family.