THE BRONX — Police arrested a gunman Thursday they say shot a 9-year-old boy while aiming at a group of men in Tremont in December.
Vernon Franklyn, 22, was with two other men when he opened fire on a trio of men at the corner of East 175th Street and Clinton Avenue about 3:40 p.m. on Dec. 18, police said.
He missed his targets and instead hit the right heel of a 9-year-old boy who was standing a block south at East 175th Street and Prospect Avenue, the NYPD said.
The boy, whose identity was not immediately disclosed, was treated at Jacobi Medical Center and released, police said.
Investigators released surveillance footage showing Franklyn and his associates walking down the street before the shooting and then fleeing in a white Chevy Impala immediately afterwards, according to the NYPD.
Franklyn faces charges of attempted murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon, police said.
He has been arrested six other times for crimes including a petit larceny in 2010 and marijuana possession in 2012, a police spokesman said. The other four arrests were sealed, the spokesman added.