12-year-old injured in drive-by shooting


Troy Police originally identified the child shot as 11-years-old, the mother of the victim clarified and said the child was 12. The article has been updated to reflect that change.

TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Police are investigating after a report of shots fired in the city of Troy Monday afternoon. Police said a 12-year-old was sitting inside his home when he was hit by a stray bullet from a drive-by shooting on O’Neil Street. The child has been identified as MJ by their mother.

MJ was taken to Albany Medical Center. The child’s mother said there is a bullet lodged in the spine and MJ is paralyzed from the waist down.

“It sounded like somebody was pounding on our house with a 2-by-4,” said neighbor, Peter DeRusso.

Police say rounds of bullets went flying through the front door of 24 O’Neil Street.

Peter DeRusso says unfortunately this is not the first time he has heard gun shots in the neighborhood.

“Last August the same house was shot at and nobody was injured. They were lucky, and we just thought it was a freak accident. But now it looks like something has to be done,” said he.

“The house was targeted, and we don’t believe the 12-year-old was the target. They were inside the house, and no one would see them anyway,” said Troy Police Deputy Chief Dan. DeWolf.

Deputy Chief DeWolf says a dark colored sedan was seeing fleeing the scene at high speeds. He says they are confident they will find whoever committed this horrible crime.

“I think we are going to find out who did this. I have a good feeling about that, and we are going to find out who’s responsible for this. Especially for harming this poor child, it’s horrible and this is a tragedy,” said DeWolf. 

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden responded to the recent drive-by shooting.

“I was briefed by Troy Police this afternoon regarding the shooting incidents on O’Neil Street and 15th Streets. These cowardly acts have no place in our community, and Troy Police will devote the resources necessary, including our law enforcement partners, to track down those responsible. Detectives continue to investigate, but I urge anyone with information to come forward. We need the community’s help to bring an end to these outrageous incidents. My thoughts remain with the victim and their family during this difficult time.”

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden

Troy Police says at the time the 12-year-old was transported to the hospital, they were conscious. Deputy Chief DeWolf says our thoughts are with the victim and their family and we are hopeful that they will recover.

Peter DeRusso says more eyes need to be on this area.

“We need more officers up here, and we do have a lot of houses. This might not have happened, if they were out here,” said DeRusso. 

Troy Police says there are no suspects at this time. If you know any information, you are asked to call police or send an anonymous tip to the Capital Region Crime Stoppers. The Capital Region Crime Stoppers pays tipsters up to $1,500 for tips that lead to an arrest.

Police said another shooting took place in the area of 15th and Eagle Streets. Police said no one was hit, and there are currently no suspects. Two homes, however, were struck. Troy Police says the shooting was not related to the drive-by shooting on O’Neil Street.

Police said the shootings are not connected. The investigation into both shootings remain ongoing.

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