Multiple teens arrested after stray bullet puts 6-year-old boy in hospital: Report

A suspected gang-related shooting in Yonkers, New York on Thursday ended with a 6-year-old boy in the hospital after he was struck in the chest by a stray bullet.

According to the Washington Examiner, Yonkers police responded immediately to the scene and quickly arrested the individuals — all teenagers — believed to be responsible for the shooting.

Thankfully, the child victim managed to survive the gunshot wound to his chest and was listed as being in stable condition in the trauma center of a local hospital as of Friday night.

Boy hit by stray bullet

According to a press release from the Yonkers Police Department, the 6-year-old boy had opened the front door of his home to greet a family member when he was hit by a stray bullet that was fired by a group of teenagers a few houses down the block.

The teens were reportedly shooting at two other individuals who had just exited a cab, an incident that investigators described as “a continuation and escalation of disputes and group violence involving juveniles and young adults.”

The individuals involved in the violent dispute all immediately fled the scene on foot, but were just as quickly apprehended by police while other officers and fire department personnel provided treatment to the injured child, who was transported to a local area trauma center for treatment.

Teenagers arrested and charged

A search of the area recovered two handguns believed to have been used in the shooting and three teenagers — ages 15, 16, and 17 — were arrested and charged for their alleged roles in the crime.

The 17-year-old and 15-year-old, both alleged to be the actual shooters, face charges of second-degree attempted murder and first-degree assault, while the 16-year-old accomplice was charged with hindering prosecution and criminal possession of a firearm. All three were arraigned in youth court. The two alleged shooters were detained in a juvenile facility, while the accomplice was released to his parents’ custody.

“No parent should ever have to experience the horror of having a young child harmed in this way, due to the unbelievably violent and reckless actions of a few. I thank God that the victim is in stable condition and hope for his full recovery,” Yonkers Police Commissioner John Mueller said, according to the Examiner. “I also thank the amazing men and women of this Department for their extraordinary efforts in apprehending these perpetrators in short order and removing two more illegal handguns from our streets.”

Fast-acting firefighters save a life

According to local affiliate WNBC, Mueller further described the shooting of the young boy as “despicable,” saying, “It’s disgusting, it’s horrible. This is what we’re up against right now. My heart goes out to this father,” with whom the boy lived alone.

As for the 6-year-old victim, local affiliate WABC reported that the bullet had lodged below his heart, and that he’d probably survived the tragic incident thanks to local firefighters who were across the street while returning from a call and able to immediately render emergency aid.

“The boy is very tough,” Yonkers Fire Department Lieutenant Marek Pawelec told WABC. “It’s amazing, considering what happened to him and how he was. At that point, we made sure, he needed medical attention as soon as possible.”

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  1. hey all you notice no mention of the race. I would suspect they were african americans. How does a 17,16, and 15 old child get a gun in a state that has one of the hardest laws on guns.

    1. Anthony Manzo
      Laws are only for the LAW ABIDING. Criminals do not, have not and never will OBEY THE LAWS. ONE DAY HOPEFULLY, the IMBECILS WRITING LAWS WILL WOKE up to that. Don’t HOLD YOUR BREATH !!!!!!!!! Hello De BASIO and ALL your ILK from the WHITE HOUSE DOWN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Michael Saunders, U.S. Army S.F. veteran of the Vietnam war and 23 years in law enforcement says:

    All three of the guys involved in the shooting no matter of their age’s should have to go to jail and the key be through away. They don’t deserve any thing else.

    1. You are So Right, Let them rot in jail. But with this Government they will just get a slap on the wrist. So Tribble.

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  4. How did kids that young get their hands on firearms? Where are the parents of these pukes? This is what happens when you destroy the nuclear family and lower education standards. I lay the blame and the blood squarely on the hands of the leftists who have created these conditions.

  5. If they are black, they will be freed to do it again. If white, they will spend time in juvenile court. Thanks to the bleeding hearts of our society, “poor little boys need to be with other juveniles over this case, so thy can teach the other children how to screw the law!!

  6. And They Want To Defund Police,I see that’s working out real good, in favor of all the spineless thugs.

  7. Hay Joe , How can a 15 , 16 , 17, get a hand gun? This State has the toughest gun laws in the Country. What needs to be done is inforce the laws you have on the books now . I just really wonder where do kids of this age get guns? Do you suppose they get them from the black market , where their are no gun laws. Nor do they go by any gun laws. Biden you need to clamp down on illegal guns

  8. Who’s guns did they steal sence none of them were legally old enough to own a gun our government wants to trampled our 2 amendment but cannot do a thing about things like this they need to go where the problem is

  9. Typical black youths with no parent involvement- lock up the parents if they can be found- typical!

  10. The parent/parents of this little boy needs to go on the news and thank the police and EMS. Then we will see the race and if a POC, call out this horrible behavior. Especially if the teens are also black or brown.

  11. Like 95% of the time they do not list the race of the arrested subject it is because they are black. 7 % of the 13 % is why crime and black deaths are so high. Just watch cops, live PD, most shocking, court TV and you will see who commits most of the crimes and who resist arrest the most and that is one reason most blacks are shot by cops because they do not act like civilized humans.

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