On October 12, 2015, seven-year-old Christian Hickey and his mother, Jayne, answered their door to find two men on their doorstep.
According to the Greater Manchester Police, after Christian and Jayne had a short conversation with the pair, one of the men began firing shots. Christian was shot once in the leg and his mother was shot twice.
“I just saw blood pouring from Christian, I screamed for his dad to put pressure on him. I know he had been shot and I couldn’t help him. I collapsed,” Jayne recalled to the Daily Mail last month.
Christian and his mother were taken to a nearby hospital where they were treated for their wounds.
They both had to endure numerous surgeries, and Christian’s injuries are said to be “life changing.”
Which is why, instead of asking for the latest electronic or video game, Christian is asking for Santa to “help the police catch the people who hurt [him].”
And for their part, the Greater Manchester police are doing everything in their power to make that wish come true.
“It is heart wrenching to know that a little boy who should be writing a list filled with exciting gifts, has got this at the top of his Christmas list,” Detective Chief Superintendent Russ Jackson said.
“What happened to Christian will stay with him for the rest of his life but what we can do is try to make this up to him by finding those responsible and bringing them to justice.”
Hopefully — and maybe with a little help from Santa — they will be able to catch the men who brought such harm to this young boy.