Sunday 25 September 2016

Boy (7) recovers after being gun down in gang cross fire

Published 28/05/2015 | 08:12

A 7-year-old boy has been released from hospital after he was shot outside his grandmother’s apartment in the United States,

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The youngster was hit with a bullet while riding his bicycle in Brockton in Massachusetts.

Boston police are now searching for a teenage they believe fired the shot, who they say was involved in a gang related shoot out.

Yesterday, they defended their decision to release a video showing the moment the boy was hit in the back by a stray bullet.

The shooting took place outside a barber shop, and the child, identified by relatives as Divan Silva, was visiting his grandmother when he headed to a nearby shop for something to drink.

Police said witnesses described the suspect as a male between 14 and 18 years old, wearing a red hoodie, white shorts and white sneakers.

He was described as heavy-set and 5 feet 8 inches tall.

Police Chief William G. Gross asked the public to reject the “no snitching” code and contact police with any information on the shooter’s whereabouts.

“Our 7-year-olds should be able to ride down the street,” Gross said.

“He shot a 7-year-old kid. [The public] should turn him in.”

Brockton Mayor Martin J. Walsh also condemned the shooting.

“These acts of violence have no place on the streets of our neighborhoods."

The father of the wounded youngster said his son was recovering well after undergoing surgery to save the use of his legs.

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