Anthony Borges, a 15-year-old student from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, has miraculously survived after being shot five times in last week’s shooting in Parkland, Florida.
He remains in the hospital, recovering, WPTV reported. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel posted a photo of him visiting the teen at the hospital on Twitter and Facebook on Sunday. The officer said that the boy will require more surgeries because of his injuries.
“Fortunately, he is recovering, but has a long road ahead with more surgeries needed,” reads the tweet. “Please join us in praying for the swift recovery of Anthony and all the other victims of this horrific criminal act.”
Borges is being called a hero for what he did when shots rang out on Valentine’s Day. According to NBC News, he was shot both in his back and in his legs as he locked a door and blocked a doorway with his body. He reportedly helped about 20 students and prevented them from getting shot.
Borges’ best friend, Carlos Rodriguez, told ABC News, "None of us knew what to do. So, he took the initiative to just save his other classmates.”
“He’s my hero,” said the teen’s dad, Royer Borges. "I only ask that people pray for him."
Seventeen people died after suspect Nikolas Cruz, a 19-year-old ex-student, opened fire inside the school. Although the victims ranged in age, many of them were only freshmen. Fourteen others were injured in the massacre.
Last fall, someone tipped off the FBI after the alleged school shooter posted a comment on YouTube saying, "I'm going to be a professional school shooter," BuzzFeed News reported. In another YouTube comment, he allegedly wrote, “I whana [sic] shoot people with my AR-15," "I wanna die Fighting killing sh*t ton of people" and "I am going to kill law enforcement one day they go after the good people."
The FBI has apologized for mishandling that tip.
[Photo: Broward County Sheriff's Office]