2-Month-Old Boy Grazed by Bullet in Seneca Houses
THE BRONX — A 2-month-old boy was grazed by a bullet in Hunts Point Wednesday, the NYPD said, becoming the latest child to fall victim to gun violence this summer.
The baby was at 1215 Seneca Avenue, near Irving Street, when gunfire erupted just after 10 p.m., police said.
"My baby got shot! My baby got shot!" the baby's mom screamed, according to witness who only gave her name as Michelle.
"She was so scared," Michelle, 29, added. "She was passing her baby to people."
The boy, whose identity has not been released, was struck in the back, cops said.
"Everyone was in chaos," said Willie Vargas, 30, who lives in the building. "The dad was holding the baby. People were calling 911."
The boy's parents frantically rushed the baby to a nearby FDNY station, a firefighter who heard the shots said Thursday.
"The father was calm. The mom was hysterical," the firefighter, who declined to give his name, said. "She couldn't even talk."
The firefighter added that the wound appeared to be a flesh wound.
"He had a little graze wound on the back of the right shoulder," the 40-year-old firefighter said. "We made sure he wasn't hit anywhere else."
Emergency crews raced the infant to Jacobi Medical Center, where he was stable, police said.
There were no other reported injuries.
The boy and his mother did not appear to be intended target, an NYPD spokesman said.
Cops are questioning a person in connection to the shooting, the spokesman added, but no one has been arrested.
The shooting marks the latest incident this summer in which a child was wounded or killed by gunfire.
In July, Lloyd Morgan was struck by a stray bullet and killed while playing in a Morrisania playground.
In Bedford-Stuyvesant, Isaiah Rivera, 3, was shot in the leg in a playground while a 2-year-old girl and two teenage boys were among six victims wounded in a shooting on July 30 in Brownsville.
Last month, Ronald Wallace, 13, who was set to start high school this school year, was shot in the back and killed in Brownsville. Another 13-year-old Brownsville boy was grazed by a bullet in an August shooting that killed a 29-year-old woman.
Four teenagers were shot on a Brownsville playground that month, too.