As Johquione Johnson, 18, fought for his life in New York Hospital Medical Center, his mother told reporters outside that her son was scheduled to undergo surgery Thursday night to remove a bullet that was fired into his brain in the massacre at Wendy's restaurant.
"My son is still very critical," said Joretta Johnson, who lives in Jamaica.
Johquione Johnson was one of two survivors of a cold-blooded attack on seven employees at the Flushing fast-food restaurant that left five dead. Police were searching for two men who entered the restaurant about 11 p.m. Wednesday night and announced a robbery.
"I don't have the words to explain the pain he has gone through," said Joretta Johnson, who revealed that there was a bullet lodged in his brain. She did not specify what time her son was slated to have surgery.
She said her son had worked at the Wendy's Restaurant on Main Street for about three months after spending nine months at another Wendy's Restaurant on nearby Linden Place.
Family members said Johquione Johnson had graduated from John Adams High School in Ozone Park.
"He had made up his mind to go into the Marines and service his country," his mother said in a soft voice.
She said her son, who loved basketball, had been living with an aunt in Flushing and she had last seen him on Mother's Day.
"I thank God my family is all here," she said.
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