A three-year-old boy was shot in the arm in a Bronx park last night. Cops say he was hit by a stray bullet, and the suspected shooter is now in custody. The boy is currently recuperating at a local hospital, along with a 36-year-old man who authorities believe was the shooter's real target.
The shooting occurred in Vidalia Park, near East 180th Street and Daly Ave. Witnesses say some men started arguing during a basketball tournament in the park, and they heard gunshots shortly before 6 p.m. "Guys were fighting, and the next minute, shots were fired," witness Cherice Gonzalez told NY1. "I grabbed my 5-year-old daughter, my 5-year-old niece. I threw ourselves on the floor. We put our heads down, and we didn't do anything else. I got up in a stage where I couldn't even speak. I saw another mom grab her daughter. She didn't know what she was doing, where to run, where to go. I saw kids screaming, crying. It was just terrible."
As many as three shots rang out, and the unidentified 36-year-old was shot in the leg. The boy, who was playing with his mother nearby, was hit in the arm, and cops believe he was struck by a ricochet bullet. "The little boy was calm but he was shot in the arm," witness Sabrina Mendez, who was in the park with her child, told the Daily News. "His mother was angry, shaking her head and crying. Everybody grabbed their kids and everybody ran.”
The boy was taken to Jacobi Medical Center and the injured adult was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital, where officials say they are in stable condition. Cops say a 27-year-old man is currently in custody, and they believe he is the shooter. The boy is the city's 11th child under the age of 16 to be shot since June; just last weekend, another three-year-old boy was shot in the head in his East Flatbush apartment.