After Target stabbing, 9-year-old boy will spend Thanksgiving in an L.A. hospital

There will be an empty chair at one Koreatown family’s Thanksgiving dinner Thursday night.

Normally, Brayden Medina’s extended family gathers at his aunt and uncle’s home in the neighborhood to celebrate the holiday. But this year, the 9-year-old will spend Thanksgiving in a hospital bed, recovering from a stab wound that has affected his ability to walk.

A little more than a week ago, the boy had been shopping with his mother at a Target store in downtown Los Angeles when — in an unprovoked attack — a man confronted Brayden and told him he was going to stab and kill him. The boy tried to flee but was stabbed in the back.

The assailant, who has not been identified, went on to stab a young woman in the chest, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. When the suspect, who police believe may have been homeless, attempted to stab a security officer, the officer fatally shot him.

Since that day, Brayden has been recovering in a Los Angeles hospital. Brayden’s parents have not discussed the attack and its effect on their family publicly, and they requested that the hospital where Brayden is being treated not be named because of privacy concerns.

After the attack, Brayden’s older brother Jessi said their mom tried to act “strong and brave,” so as “to not show me that she was sad and she was hurting.” His parents tried to comfort him. But he knew.

When he first talked to his little brother via phone, the 14-year-old said, he tried to distract Brayden from the terrifying attack.

“But out of nowhere he got sad. He said, ‘Jessi, they stabbed me in the back,’ and then he got really sad and he started crying,” Jessi recalled. “To be honest, I kind of lost it.”

The brothers cried together.

“This is like a life scar,” said Brayden’s cousin Lizzette Molina. “What he went through will always stick with him through his whole life.”

after target stabbing, 9-year-old boy will spend thanksgiving in an l.a. hospital
Lizzette Molina with her 9-year-old cousin Brayden. (Lizzette Molina)

The 24-year-old woman who was stabbed in the chest is still recovering in the hospital, LAPD Chief Michel Moore said. Last week, she was listed as critical but stable.

Because Brayden’s injuries were so serious, Molina said, only his parents have been able to visit.

“We just want to go see him,” 20-year-old Molina said, just days before Thanksgiving. “That’s all we want.”

On Nov. 15, Brayden and his mom had taken a bus from their home in Koreatown to the Target location at 7th and Figueroa streets in the FIGat7th shopping mall. Brayden had wanted to buy the Game of Life for the longest time, but his parents had been busy working, his mom as a hotel housekeeper and his dad in a kitchen prepping food.

Finally, on that crisp, clear Tuesday, their mother had time to take Brayden to the store to look for the game, Jessi said.

While Brayden and his mom shopped that evening, a man in his 40s entered the store unarmed and moved to the kitchenware department. That’s where he unpacked a large butcher knife, Moore said in an interview.

Brayden was walking by himself at the time, heading to meet his mom at the checkout stand so they could pay for their purchases. The board game was already in the family’s shopping cart.

That’s when the knife-wielding man confronted the 9-year-old.

The suspect repeatedly told Brayden he was going to stab and kill him, Moore said in a news conference after the attack. The boy tried to run to safety, but the man, “without any further provocation, suddenly attacked and stabbed this young child … causing him to fall to the ground,” Moore said.

The attack left a deep laceration on Brayden’s left shoulder. A 26-year-old woman tried to help and suffered minor injuries, police said.

The suspect moved away, then stabbed the 24-year-old “brutally in the chest,” Moore said. Good Samaritans came to her aid, he said, and pulled her into a nearby pharmacy “to ensure that the attack would not continue.”

The attacker then moved toward the front of the store, where he was confronted by an armed security officer, the chief said. The security officer opened fire at least once, hitting the knife-wielding man in the stomach.

He was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

“I’m grateful for Target security, for their uniformed officer that was there,” Moore told The Times. “It was that uniformed, armed guard that was there that stepped in and stopped this deadly assault.”

As a result of the attack, Moore said, the LAPD sped up the initiation of its holiday deployment plan, increasing the number of uniformed officers in shopping centers and other places frequented during the season.

Moore said that police were continuing to look into the background of the attacker and said he had a “minimal arrest history.” Police found an address for him in the San Fernando area but believe he hadn’t lived there for a while.

The chief added that police have not been able to identify any prior involvement by the suspect with mental health professionals or treatment, “or what could have possibly explained this vicious attack.”

He said he is hopeful that Brayden and the 24-year-old will be able to leave the hospital “and get to a full recovery.”

“They’re still in the woods, in the sense that they’re still hospitalized,” Moore said.

Molina said they don’t know how long Brayden will be in the hospital. He’s started physical therapy, and doctors continued to run tests on him this week.

“They still haven’t confirmed to us what the long-term effects are and how he’s going to be in the future,” Molina said. “I don’t know how long it will take for my cousin to heal, but we will all be here for him.”

Brayden, the youngest of three boys, is “definitely the baby in our family,” Molina said. She described him as energetic, adventurous and caring.

The last weekend she came home from UC Riverside, she recalled, she’d been feeling down, and her little cousin focused on cheering her up. He told her to hit a balloon they had in the house to make her feel better. Then, to distract her, he suggested watching a movie.

When Molina heard about what happened to her cousin, she said she felt “heartbroken.”

“It definitely hurt me to hear my baby, my cousin who I love so much, had to experience this very horrible experience,” she said. “I came home as soon as I could.”

To try to help her family, Molina set up a GoFundMe page, which has raised more than $36,000. Molina expects it will help a lot, as both her aunt and uncle have taken time off work to be with Brayden.

Her uncle will probably return to work soon, because “they don’t have the luxury of taking vacation due to our circumstances,” Molina said.

She added that the family is thankful and overwhelmed by the amount of support it has received. She hadn’t expected to raise so much money in a short time, she said.

“[Brayden] knew the world was not a very good place already before he was hurt,” Molina said. “He already knows a lot of bad exists in the world, but I hope that with this GoFundMe page he may be able to see and realize that even though the world is bad, there’s also good people.”

News Related


Tiny Chihuahua's 7:00am Tantrum Proves the Struggle Is Real

This is how we all feel first thing in the morning. Whether or not you’re a morning person, we think you’ll identify with Kevin. The tiny Chihuahua had the sassiest ... Read more »

Fight Over Proposed Exotic Animal Ban on Long Island Nearly Comes to Blows

A battle over using exotic animals to make money is heating up on Long Island — and very nearly turned physical outside what is a now-closed petting zoo, as animal ... Read more »

France coach Deschamps refuses to discuss holidaying Benzema

France coach Didier Deschamps speaking to reporters on Tuesday France coach Didier Deschamps refused to discuss Karim Benzema after the injured Ballon d’Or winner was spotted arriving on holiday on ... Read more »

Esteban Ocon: 'Fernando Alonso did 2% of the work'

Esteban Ocon: ‘Fernando Alonso did 2% of the work’ The relationship between Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso after two years as colleagues at Alpine did not end very sympathetically. After ... Read more »

‘He did it!’ Morning Joe amazed that Mike Pence finally denounced Trump

MSNBC MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski disagreed over how much credit Mike Pence deserved for forcefully condemning Donald Trump for associating with anti-Semites and white nationalists. The former vice ... Read more »

South Africa: Gunmen storm church and rob congregants during sermon [Video]

The Johannesburg Central SDA church in South Africa offered to counsel its congregants after gunmen stormed the church and robbed worshippers of their valuables during a sermon over the weekend. ... Read more »

Multiple crashes, spinouts in Twin Cities as snow falls Tuesday morning

The metro could get up to six inches of snow throughout the day. A fresh snowfall put Minnesota drivers in a bind for the morning commute, with the Twin Cities ... Read more »

Bank Robber Nabbed While Stopping For Food After Heist: Nassau Police

Nassau County police say Dean Marneris robbed a bank in Plainview, and was arrested at a McDonald’s a mile down the road. PLAINVIEW, NY — Nassau County police arrested a ... Read more »

IMF chief tells AP: US Fed "has no option but to stay the course" on interest rate hikes, "they owe it" to world economy

IMF chief tells AP: US Fed “has no option but to stay the course” on interest rate hikes, “they owe it” to world economy IMF chief tells AP: US Fed ... Read more »

Prominent Polish judge reinstated amid standoff with EU

Prominent Polish judge reinstated amid standoff with EU Poland’s Supreme Court has reinstated a judge who was suspended for two years WARSAW, Poland — Poland's Supreme Court on Tuesday reinstated ... Read more »

'Such dopes': Morning Joe explains how AZ officials refusing to certify the election could damage Kari Lake

Kari Lake (Photo via AFP/JIJI) Reacting to a report that a Republican Party-dominated county in Arizona is refusing to certify the 2022 election results that showed GOP nominee Kari Lake ... Read more »

Houston lifts citywide boil water notice

City officials put the boil water notice in place on Sunday. It was lifted just after 6:30 a.m. Tuesday. Read more »

These Are the Best U.S. Cities to Raise a Family If You Make Over $100,000 a Year

A new Rocket Mortgage report found that the best places to raise a family in the U.S. are midsize cities with a moderate cost of living and good schools. The ... Read more »

What Is the Golden Boot? History, Winners, More About the World Cup Award

England's Harry Kane is the reigning Golden Boot winner Read more »

$375,0000 Ferrari Purosangue SUV sold out for two years

V12-powered SUV is a first for the Italian automaker Read more »

A new hotel to replace Red Roof Inn at Newark's I-95 access point. Details revealed.

A Home2 Suites by Hilton hotel will be built in place of the Red Roof Inn and Suites on Route 896 in Newark near the I-95 on and off ramps. ... Read more »

China Regroups to Snuff Out a Wave of Covid Protests

Protesters holding up a white piece of paper against censorship as they march during a protest against Chinas strict zero COVID measures in Beijing, China, on Sunday. After China’s boldest ... Read more »

'Should move to Linden': Battle over marijuana in Hunterdon County goes to court

LEBANON TOWNSHIP – The prospective operator of a medical marijuana cultivation facility has filed suit against the Township Committee and the township Planning Board claiming the board’s decision that the ... Read more »

Green travel hub officially opened at Salisbury Railway Station

The hub was opened by Councillor Tom Corbin, who is Mayor of Salisbury and a train driver Salisbury station’s new cycle hub has officially opened. The hub has been created ... Read more »

Spanish government presents bill to fight human trafficking

Spanish government presents bill to fight human trafficking Spain’s government has presented a new bill to fight human trafficking in the southern European country that seeks to offer better protection ... Read more »

Dad of slain Idaho student pleads with public for help: 'I have to have my justice'

Dad of slain Idaho student pleads with public for help: 'I have to have my justice' “You're numb … you can't absorb that amount of pain and agony.” The father ... Read more »

Woman abducted as a baby in Texas reunited with family 51 years later

Melissa Highsmith's family, from Fort Worth in Texas, never gave up on searching for her after she was taken when she was just 22 months old. Read more »

Remote Workers Reclaimed 60 Million Hours of Commuting Time and Are Prioritizing Their Wellbeing—Not Work

The shift to remote work during the Covid-19 pandemic gave Americans 60 million hours of their time back. And recent research indicates that those workers who no longer spend hours ... Read more »

Britain Tempers Controversial Plans to Make Big Tech Remove Harmful Content

Social media giants like Facebook, TikTok and Twitter will no longer be obliged to take down “legal but harmful” content under the U.K.’s new proposals for online safety. The government said the amendment ... Read more »

Florida woman sues Kraft for $5M, saying Velveeta shells & cheese takes longer to prepare than packaging claims

Velveeta’s tagline might be “liquid gold,” but a woman in the sunshine state has declared the company owes her quite a few pieces of silver. On Nov. 18, Florida resident ... Read more »

Team of UK lawmakers visits Taiwan amid strained China ties

Team of UK lawmakers visits Taiwan amid strained China ties A group of British lawmakers is in Taiwan and scheduled to meet with President Tsai Ing-Wen and other politicians after ... Read more »

Ex-mayor, elected at age 23, loses corruption case appeal

Ex-mayor, elected at age 23, loses corruption case appeal A federal appeals court has upheld the extortion and fraud convictions of a once-celebrated young Massachusetts mayor who was found guilty ... Read more »

Bagels and challah for Jews keeping kosher at World Cup

Bagels and challah for Jews keeping kosher at World Cup Rabbi Eli Chitrik receives many calls and text messages these days asking for bagels, freshly baked in a designated kosher ... Read more »

German president presses N Macedonia on EU-required reforms

German president presses N Macedonia on EU-required reforms German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has urged North Macedonia to acknowledge the presence of an ethnic Bulgarian minority in the country, amid other ... Read more »

Houston residents can again drink tap water after city lifts boil-water notice

For more than 24 hours, nearly everyone in the nation’s fourth-most-populous city had been asked to boil water after a power outage at a water treatment plant Sunday. Read more »

Florida Woman Sues Kraft Over ‘False and Misleading' Velveeta Prep Time

Link video: NBC Universal, Inc. A South Florida woman is suing the Kraft Heinz Food Company over the time it takes to make its Velveeta microwavable mac and cheese, ... Read more »

What to do after a boil water notice is lifted

The City of Houston lifted its boil water notice Tuesday morning. So what's next? Read more »

Unknown aircraft targets Wagner base in C. African Republic

Unknown aircraft targets Wagner base in C. African Republic Authorities in Central African Republic have opened an investigation after a low-flying fighter jet dropped explosives BANGUI, Central African Republic — ... Read more »

Houston lifts boil-water order affecting more than 2 million

Houston lifts boil-water order affecting more than 2 million The city of Houston has lifted an order that called for more than 2 million people to boil their tap water ... Read more »

Houston officials lift boil-water order affecting more than 2 million people, say supply is now safe

Houston officials lift boil-water order affecting more than 2 million people, say supply is now safe Houston officials lift boil-water order affecting more than 2 million people, say supply is ... Read more »

Morton Arboretum's ‘Illumination' Named Among Best Christmas Light Displays in US

From Nov. 19 through Jan. 7, more than 50 acres of the arboretum's trees will be decked out with collaborative displays of color, light and sound Read more »

‘Good Night Oppy’s’ mission to Mars demands ultra-realism for its look to be unique

As a documentary filmmaker, Ryan White has tackled subjects as varied as the fight for gay marriage in the Supreme Court, the life of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, the impact of ... Read more »

Martino deja entrever que México hará cambios ofensivos

DOHA —  Que México tiene una imperiosa necesidad de marcar goles para no quedar eliminado en el Mundial de Qatar es bien sabido. Lo complicado es descifrar cómo lo logrará. Sin ... Read more »

Supreme Court to Hear Arguments Over Biden Administration' Deportation Policy

At the center of the immigration legal fight is a directive from the Department of Homeland Security that paused deportations unless individuals had committed acts of terrorism, espionage or “egregious threats to public safety" Read more »

México: arrestan a un jefe del Cartel del Noreste

CIUDAD VICTORIA —  Fuerzas federales detuvieron la madrugada del lunes en la ciudad mexicana de Nuevo Laredo al jefe de una de las células más sanguinarias del Cártel del Noreste en ... Read more »
Breaking thailand news, thai news, thailand news Verified News Story Network