Greek-Australian teen Alex Gatis, 16, was shot twice at his Lockley house in Adelaide on Monday morning.
Emergency crews rushed to the victim’s house on Malurus Avenue at 9:30 AM, where the teenager was found suffering from two gunshot wounds, one to his chest and the other to his abdomen.
Gatis’ 21-year-old brother Dimitri was home at the time and telephoned for help after the supposed gunman, dressed in black, had fled the scene.
Last night, South Australian police charged Dimitri Gatis with the attempted murder of his brother, as well as drug trafficking and firearms offenses.
The teenager was transported to Royal Adelaide Hospital in critical condition, where he underwent surgery, and is now listed in stable condition.
Eyewitness accounts suggest that there was what some called a “minor altercation” at the property the night before the shooting.
Police stated that the victim had been in the front bedroom of his home when he was shot by the gunman from outside a window.
Gatis’ parents, who are currently vacationing overseas in Greece, are desperately trying to obtain a last-minute flight back home to see their injured son. They were able to witness the horrifying attack live through their phones, which are linked to the home’s security cameras.
The victim’s uncle, Jim Gatis, told ABC that his nephew “is a really good kid and he’s never been involved in anything bad.”
The new Australian Archbishop Makarios made a statement following the shooting of the sixteen-year-old Greek-Australian.
Archbishop Makarios wrote: “I was informed with much pain of the shooting of … Alex Gatis from Adelaide and hasten to express my sincere sadness regarding this tragic event; and at the same time my best wishes to our dearest Alex Gatis and his family for a speedy recovery and convey the paternal wishes and love of His All Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.”
The newly-elected Archbishop continued, saying, “Violence can never be … justified under any condition and definitely does not express the ethos and spirit of our civilized country of Australia … I have made contact by telephone with His Grace Bishop Nikandros of Doryleon, Archepiscopal Vicar in Adelaide, and have asked him to visit Alex … so he may responsibly inform me of any progress with his health. I am certain that our Lord Jesus Christ and His Mother Mary will be of assistance.”