A four-year-old Bronx boy was shot in the chest last night during a botched robbery attempt. Four-year-old Cincer Balthazar's father told police that the two of them were outside a halfway house at Grand Avenue and Evelyn Place around 10:30 p.m. when two or four—reports vary—men tried to rob them, and opened fire. According to police, the boy is now in critical condition. “He’s my world. He’s our little Spider-Man. He always walked around with a Spider-Man mask,” a woman who identified herself as the boy’s aunt told the Post.
In addition to Cincer, a 17-year-old hispanic teen was found by police at the scene, shot in the head—he is also in critical condition. It's unclear who shot the 17-year-old, who was found just around the corner from where Cincer was shot on Evelyn Place—police are investigating whether the father was able to get one of the guns and shoot the would-be robber.
Neighbors told the Daily News that the toddler lives in a domestic violence shelter on that corner; the dad told police he had been taking his son to the shelter where the boy lived with his mother.