NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A 9-year-old boy was released from the hospital Wednesday night, after being shot and wounded on his way home from school.
The boy was wounded in the shooting around 4 p.m. at East 175th Street and Prospect Avenue in the East Tremont section of the Bronx.
Police responded to the scene after a call of shots being fired, and found the boy wounded. He was not the intended target and was just walking down the street when he was caught in the crossfire of a street fight, officials said.
A witness said five shots were fired. The boy was wounded in the foot.
And as CBS 2’s Hazel Sanchez reported exclusively Wednesday night, the boy, Michael, was happy to leave Jacobi Medical Center on Wednesday night.
“I’m feeling good,” Michael said.
Police said two men were arguing when one of the men opened fire and struck Michael’s left foot – which was placed in a cast – while he walked nearby with his cousin.
The two boys rushed into the cousin’s house, where they found Michael’s great grandmother.
“He said, ‘I want my mother! I want my mother!’” the great grandmother said. “You see water coming out of his eyes.”
Michael was reported in serious condition when he was rushed to the hospital.
“It’s sad. It’s a disgrace,” the great grandmother said. “Kids can’t come from the school; can’t go to school.”
Surprisingly, just a few hours later, Michael was stitched up and hobbling on crutches. Relatives then swooped him up to bring him home.
“By God’s grace, he’s alive,” said family member Darlene Jackson.
As of Monday night, police were still searching for suspects. At least one was seen leaving the scene in a white sedan.
Police were looking for as many as three men in connection with the shooting, 1010 WINS reported.
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