Changes seen in Brentwood after stray bullet near-death

Community leaders are applauding security changes in Brentwood three years after a teen was hit by a stray bullet and nearly died.Wilson Batista Jr., 13,

BRENTWOOD - Community leaders are applauding security changes in Brentwood three years after a teen was hit by a stray bullet and nearly died.Wilson Batista Jr., 13, was watching his friends shoot hoops back in June 2009 when gunshots rang out. He was hit right in the eye by a stray bullet, and doctors at Southside Hospital gave him a 10-percent chance of survival. Wilson lived to tell the tale, and the incident helped spur changes around the community. The ShotSpotter gunshot detection system has been installed in the area, and security cameras have been installed in Timberline Park, where Wilson was shot. Police tracked down the shooter, reputed gang member Alex Aguilar. He pleaded guilty to attempted murder and is currently behind bars. Suffolk Legislator Ricardo Montano (D-Brentwood) says Wilson's shooting galvanized the community. Montano says he's thankful for the changes and for Wilson's miraculous survival.

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