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Gunfire Critically Injures 6-Year-Old Boy

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DETROIT (WWJ) – Another child in Detroit becomes the victim of trouble between adults. This morning — the young boy is in critical condition — as police look for two suspects.

Police are not sure if this was an attempted carjacking or something else. The 6-year-old boy was critically wounded Sunday night, as he sat in a car with his mother and her friend. They were stopped at the intersection of Balfour and Waveney — on Detroit’s east side.

Two suspects approached the car; one of them carrying a long gun. The suspects fired shots at the car, hitting the child in the back seat. The driver — the mother’s friend — was grazed. The child’s mother, who was not injured, was able to get to a nearby business to call for help. The little boy was rushed to St. John Hospital.

Sunday’s incident marks the third shooting of a youngster in the city in less than a month. On Monday, Feb. 20, 9-month-old Delric Miller was shot to death when someone sprayed his family’s home on Greenview with gunshots. The house was riddled with about 40 bullets from what appears to have been an AK-47-type assault rifle. And weeks earlier, a 12-year-old girl was killed following a verbal altercation in the 19400 block of Ferguson near Seven Mile and the Southfield Freeway, on Detroit’s northwest side.

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