A 3–year-old boy was hit and injured by a ricochet bullet while running though a park in New York City Friday according to police.
The intended target of the bullet – a 36-year-old man – was shot in the leg after three shots were fired off inside Vidalia Park in the Bronx at 5:45 p.m.
The New York Daily News reports:
“Police and witnesses said the bloodshed began when the unidentified gunman and his victim started fighting while the little boy played with his mother nearby. When the adult victim ran off, the gunman pulled his piece and chased after him.”
The young boy is the 11th child under the age of 16 to be shot in New York City since June. He was hit by a ricocheting bullet according to sources.
Fortunately both victims’ injuries were minor. They each received treatment at local hospitals.
“There were three shots like fireworks and we saw gun smoke,” said Sabrina Mendez, a mother who lives in the neighborhood and was present during the shooting. “The little boy was calm but he was shot in the arm. His mother was angry, shaking her head and crying. Everybody grabbed their kids and everybody ran.”
Though the shooter managed to get away for a short while, he was later arrested. Charges were still pending as of Friday night.
Sources say the shooter’s pals saw the attack and gave him up to police.
Residents of the Bronx neighborhood said this incident was nothing new to them as rival drugs gangs are frequently battling over turf.
“I live in the South Bronx…this is normal,” Mendez said. “You get used to it. It’s sad to say, but this is just another day in the Bronx.”
SOURCE: New York Daily News