Boy who survived deadly shooting back in local hospital in serious condition

Corden Fidler. (Courtesy photo)
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TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) Corden Fidler, 4, who survived a shooting on Dec. 20 in Temple that left his mother and grandmother dead, was sedated and on a ventilator Wednesday in McLane Children’s Hospital after a 12-hour surgery to reconstruct his scalp, his father said in a Facebook post.

The youngster, who was released from McLane in late March after a lengthy hospital stay, is listed in serious condition.

“It feels like we’re back in January. Not sure where we go from here, but we’ll keep pushing on until we get home! God bless,” Matthew Fidler said in the post.

The boy and his mother, Shelly Splittgerber, 36, were gunned down by Splittgerber’s estranged husband, Matthew Splittgerber, early on Dec. 20 as they left their home across from Lamar Middle School in Temple.

Shelly Splittgerber died at the scene.

Matthew Splittgerber then shot and killed the boy’s grandmother, Sherry Gray, 64, inside the home before taking his own life.

The boy, who was shot at least four times, once in the head, was taken to McLane.

Matthew Splittgerber had parked down the street from the house and evidently ambushed the boy and his mother before entering the home, the sources said.

He opened fire as a school bus was pulling up to the house, law enforcement sources said.

No other children were aboard, the sources said.