1-Year-Old Hit By Bullet; Stray Shot Slashes Throat While In Grandmother’s Arms
A 1-year-old hit by a bullet is expected to survive his injuries after a stray shot ripped into his throat while his grandmother fed him. The shooting occurred in Richmond, Calif., on Thursday afternoon when an unidentified man fired several gunshots nearby in possible gang-related violence. Another bystander, a 20-year-old man riding a bicycle, was also injured.
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Elijah Ali, the 1 -year-old hit by the bullet, is listed in stable condition at Children's Hospital in Oakland, but his family is understandably shaken by the near-death shooting.
"This shouldn't happen, my son didn't do nothing to nobody, I didn't do nothing to nobody," Rosshan Ali told KGO-TV. "I go to work and come home you know. And it's not my fault I live in a certain area."
Fortunately, the 1-year-old hit by a bullet wasn't struck by a bullet going at full force. Instead, authorities discovered he was struck by either a fragment of the bullet or debris caused by the stray bullet smashing through a window. Ali feels that lax gun laws are responsible for his 1-year-old being hit by a bullet.
"They gotta get more stricter gun laws. It's not right how people just get their hands on weapons. It actually sucks," Ali told KGO-TV. "My fiancé came home from work. She was in the shower, and next thing you know, shots fired and my mom grabbed him and ran into the kitchen."
Although the 1-year-old hit by a bullet survived the encounter, police are aware the incident could have been much more serious and are launching a full investigation into the incident.
"You have a 1-year-old child who's literally in the arms of the grandparents. They're feeding him, and bullets come into the house," said Richmond Police Chief Chris Magnus who is offering a $25,000 reward for information on the shooter. "I am really angry about this. I am sickened, I am appalled."
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