Stray Bullet Strikes 9-Year-Old

ELIZABETH – A stray bullet struck and wounded a 9-year-old boy who was playing in an Elizabeth apartment building last Wednesday afternoon.

The child, who was treated and released from a local hospital according to police, was struck by an errant bullet at about 3:30 p.m. on July 1. He was playing in a first-floor hallway of the Oakwood Plaza apartment complex on Parker Road, where his aunt was caring for him.

“At first I didn’t know I was shot,” the victim told Eyewitness News. “Then I saw the blood and felt my head. I tried to run back upstairs to my apartment, but I couldn’t make it,” he said.

Police received several calls after the incident reporting a child bleeding from the head, officials said. There were no reports of other shots being fired, police said, and authorities are still investigating the shooting.

According to police, the boy did not appear to have any skull injuries.
Police are asking anyone with information about the shooting to call Det. David DeRosa at 908-558-2016 or 908-558-2111. All information will be kept confidential, police said.

In April, 28-year-old Rahway resident Antonio Davis was fatally shot at the Oakwood Plaza apartment complex. The building has been the location of previous violent and drug-related incidents.

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