Boy shot during prank recovering in hospital; alleged shooter out on bond

Bart McMahon
Bart McMahon

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A 12-year-old Louisville boy is still in the hospital after police say he was shot by a neighbor while playing a prank. The neighbor, 56-year-old Michael Bishop, is no longer behind bars after posting bond.

Family members say Jacob Eberle and a group of friends were just playing a prank on Monday night when things turned horribly wrong. Now, Jacob's uncle says what happened that night doesn't even make sense.

Bart McMahon said his nephew and his friends were running away when police say Bishop pulled out his shotgun. According to McMahon, his nephew is just like any other kid. He described Jacob as a happy boy, has lots of friends, and loves sports, especially UK sports. Now, McMahon is trying to understand why Jacob is at Kosair Children's Hospital.

"Couldn't believe that it had happened," said McMahon.

Around 10 p.m. June 13, police say Jacob and a group of five to six kids were playing a game commonly known as "Ding, Dong, Ditch." It's a game where you ring a door bell and run away. According to an arrest slip, the group of kids were playing in Bishop's yard on Hall Farm Drive, which is just a street over from where Jacob lives. Police say Bishop came out of his house, stood on the front porch and racked his shotgun.

"The boys saw the gun and started running immediately," said McMahon. "Scared the heck out of them, as it should."

Police say Bishop fired his gun toward the kids and Jacob was hit.

"From the base of skull and jaw beyond his lower back and into his right arm as well," said McMahon. "He has 50 pellet wounds. That is only one that was removed during surgery. He is going to be carrying around buckshot for the rest of his life."

Bishop is facing an attempted murder charge, but after only spending a few hours behind bars, he posted his bond.

"$10,000 for a charge like this seemed like a very cheap ticket out of jail," said McMahon.

WAVE 3 did stop by Bishop's Glenmary home, but no one answered.

Metro Police say there are complaints that the group of kids may have been playing the prank the night before the shooting, but McMahon says the kids never actually rang Bishop's bell that night.

"Going home is going to be so much harder for Jacob knowing the person who did this to him is just yards away," said McMahon.

LMPD says there is no record of any type of complaints made from Bishop's home the day before the shooting.

McMahon says Jacob is in stable condition in the critical care unit and has suffered two collapsed lungs. Family members are hoping Jacob will make it out of the critical care unit Thursday and be home soon. Jacob will have some long term scarring from the buckshot.

We are told the Eberle family is planning on filing suit against Bishop.

Bishop is expected to be in court June 17 to face his attempted murder charge.

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