5-Year-Old Bronx Boy Recovering After Being Shot In Leg Outside Bodega

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A 5-year-old boy was caught in the crossfire Thursday night while leaving a store with his mother in the Bronxdale section of the Bronx.

Young Adonte Peartree and his mother, Maritza Santanam, stepped out of a bodega on Astor Avenue and into a hail of bullets AT around 10 p.m.  Another man, Tommy Marin, was also hit.  Police said that both were innocent victims.

“You know, he’s a kid. So, he’s just thinking about his toys. But, you know, he knows what happened. And I don’t really want him to think about what happened,” Santanam told reporters, including CBS 2’s Pablo Guzman. “He knows, he said like ‘a gun did that.'”

The young boy was treated at Jacobi Hospital and is now at home.

Santanam said when she and her son came out of the store, it was chaos on the street. She could hear gunshots and there were groups running. The boy said, “Mom! I’m hurt!” She dragged him into the store next door to get out of the way of the gunfire.

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Marin was getting cookies for his son and didn’t realize until after he ran that he had been shot.

“I was thinking about my son. That was the first thing that came to my mind because a few minutes ago, I was with my kid over there,” Marin said.

“We go to work every day. We come in and out, that’s it. We don’t deal with nobody and this happens to us — out of everybody over here. It’s ridiculous and something needs to be done,” Mike Peartree, the young victim’s father, told Guzman.

A $12,000 reward is being offered for information in the case.  Police believe that two groups of teenagers may have been fighting each other in the area a couple of days before Thursday night’s shooting.

Police said the boy was not the intended target. There are no suspects in custody and police are still investigating.

Is enough being done to reduce gun violence in New York City? Sound off in our comments section.

  • richard Allen

    The WORST kind of punishment for these kids is to keep them in Jail until they can read the NYTimes in front of a parole board…

    That is harsh……..they will have to make an excruciating choice to give up being ghetto and learn to read or spend their lives in jail……a very HARD CHOICE for these low life’s.

  • Eduardo

    When will they implement a curfew? Enough is enough new York neighborhoods are under the control of teenage gangs and something must be done. Where are the politicians who represent the neighborhoods?

  • HooDatIS?
  • JSD

    I feel terrible for this young boy, but he should not be out at 10:00 P.M. His mother was negligent in that aspect.

    • Sweetm

      Stop blaming the mother she is not negligent she would be negligent if she had run to the store and leave the child home alone and something happened to him. Blame the trigger happy finger gang bangers! It could happen to anybody. Thank God for protecting the innocent victims!

  • cygon

    seems to me that the NYC crime rate has been going up steadily in Bloomie’s reign.


      not according to bloomberg
      and there are actually idiots ion this city that believe bloomberg and the head of the nazi ss kelly that crime is down

  • Common Sense

    Bring back the Street Crime Unit, guns are once again ravaging the whole city, and homicides and shooting will steadily increase as the NYPD goes to a hands off policy. Wild west here we come!

    • Eduardo

      This problem is above the NYPD. Most cops see these thugs hanging out in the streets and are afraid to approach them. What we need is legislation to curb gun violence. We need a curfew and more funding for decent people who want to organize alternatives to gangs and other self destructive behavior. We need politicians that feel the pain of the communities there are elected to serve.

  • Dee

    Ryan! Shame on you! She could’ve been walking home from the babysitter or somthing. this was not poor parenting! This is just a matter of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
    I live in the area and this is a safe area. People walk to and from the trains and buses at all hours of the day. I hope the boy will be alright!

    • my kids are safe

      No it is bad mother getting cookies at 10 at night for kid.3weeks ago 9 year old boy alone walking gets killed.This week 9 year old swimming in pool in new jersey alone drowns now 5 year old out at 10 at night shot.So who is to blame and the answer is THE PARENTS

  • cofox

    you are a fool to say that is the same race what about the those kids that kill so many kids in school they are WHITE oh no they have problems get off the race card

  • DD

    I live within the block, the neighborhood is very nice. I work in Manhattan returned home 11 to 11:30pm at pelham parkway, walking toward astor and holland avenue. Very quiet and peaceful, sometimes, Of course, there is nothing you can stop the criminals from commiting crime, but if everyone keeps looking out each others, it would deter or reduce the crime. We can finger and point every other responsible sources for violence. But, it is not going to help. We have to look out each other collectively, when I have my kids play at the playground, not only do I watch my kids, I watch other kids to ensure their safety. Likewise, I know my neighbors would look out for my kids and family as well.. If we adopt the same kindness, we can change one neighborhood at a time. The violence may prevail, but taking one step ahead can reduce tremendous damages. My prayers is with the boy and his family. I wish everyone well!!

  • Mark Ackerman

    Blame the victim?! Typical reaction.How about the gun lobby and all the “sportsman” who bribe our congressman to make sure that pistils, handguns,and semi-automatic assault rifles are available to anyone with a couple hundred dollars.Including nut jobs and criminals.

    How about my rights, to be protected from getting shot? Only in America does the love of money for a few trump common sense for the majority.

  • Mike the Bike

    Where is Marshall Dillon when we need him? Mayor Bloomberg says that New York City has the strongest gun control laws in the nation. So why aren’t they working? There is less gun crime in Texas and in Florida. And down there everybody can carry a gun if they want to. Maybe if good citizens in New York carried guns the bad guys would be a little bit more careful about showing up on the street with a gun if they knew for sure somebody might be shooting back at them!

  • ryan

    Why would a mother take her 5 year old son out for a walk at 10pm in the bronx????? poor parenting

    • Toni

      Article says the boy was waliking with his mother. Did not say she was taking him for a walk. Maybe she was coming from or going to work and was either picking him up or gong to dro him off.

  • donna

    I’m a mom ,grandmother ,aunt & sister.
    When is this violence going to stop, When as parents of these children & as a community going to take responsiblity for there actions,AS Parents we need to give our children displine & structure .this is what they want for an adult parent to give them guidence love patience & uncerstanding. This is why our children join gangs & do the things they do .Ever since we let the govt. & the atheists,etc,etc people take God ,a moment of silent prayer & the pledge of alligence out of the schools & other places ,this is why our children are the way they are .You don’t have to beat a child to make them listen just guide them & let them know there a concqence’s for what they do.

    • Floyd

      Don’t be silly. You want to blame this on atheists and the government? It is time for each town, city and state to take responsibility for itself. Children join gangs because the adults are asleep at the wheel. If the adults were active. If the police forces would get out of their cars and back on the sidewalks, we would see a major change on the streets. You can’t cruise around in a patrol car or go to a PTA meeting to stop crime. Just another clueless person who won’t admit that 99% of the crime is same race on same race. It’s your responsibility wherever you live, not the governments.

    • Realist

      Children are the way they are because parents do not parent; it has nothing to do with god being in schools. More violence is committed by religious people than any other group.

      • cygon

        more violence committed by religious people?/ really ???you mean like the bolsheviks, the red guards and khmer rouge, etc…. who were responsible for wholesale annihilation of THEIR OWN PEOPLE””” wow. some people can’t be bothered with facts in pursuit of their agenda.

    • donna is delusional

      more people have died in the name of god than for any other reason in the hostory of mankind

    • badman

      we’re not atheists! bite your tongue! we’re Satanists.

      Hail, Dark Lord! donna is ready – bring her home!!

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