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Boy talks about night he was shot by off-duty cop

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A 12-year-old boy is talking to News 8 about a terrifying ordeal three years ago when he was shot by a San Diego police officer during a road rage incident.

On Tuesday, the City Council approved a $500,000 settlement to Johnny Silva.

In March 2008 he was a passenger in a car driven by his mother when things went terribly wrong in an Oceanside parking lot.

"I feel scared… still scared," he said.

Three years after Johnny Silva was shot by off-duty San Diego police Officer Frank White, the now 12-year-old is still haunted by the memory of what happened in an Oceanside shopping center parking lot on March 15, 2008.

"I just remember it happening really fast and quick and just horrible. It was a bad time," Johnny said.

The shooting occurred after the then eight-year-old's mother, Rachel Silva, began chasing and harassing Officer White in a road rage incident. White, whose wife Jacqueline was in the passenger seat, swerved to avoid her.

Silva pulled next to the couple's car and sideswiped their vehicle, prompting White to fire his weapon five times, wounding her and hitting Johnny in his left knee.

"I just can't explain how it felt like to be in that situation. I'm just happy that I never have to go through it again really," Johnny said. "I'm glad it's all over now."

Rachel Silva, whose blood alcohol level was nearly double the legal limit, pleaded guilty to felony child endangerment and was sentenced to probation. White was charged with brandishing and negligently firing his gun, but he was acquitted and is back on patrol.

Johnny says he only feels pain when his knee is hit or he falls down. What makes his nightmare bearable is knowing the half-million dollar settlement he's receiving from the city will provide him with an educational nest egg.

"Even though it happened a long time ago, it turned out just to be something wonderful. I got all this money for college," he said.

He says despite the trauma he's suffered, it's given him self-confidence to conquer any challenges that life throws his way.

"It's made me strong that even normal stuff that happens to me is not compared to what happened in the past," he said.

Johnny Silva will be receiving his invested cash in lump sums on certain birthdays after he turns 18. He will also get small monthly stipends starting at age 23. His lawyers collected $150,000.

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