12-year-old struck in back during drive-by shooting, police say

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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) — The Troy Police Department is investigating two shooting incidents. There were reports of shots fired in the area of 15th and Eagle Streets. A 12-year-old was also hit by gunfire on O’Neil St.

Around 3:45 p.m. Monday, police were called to the area of 24 O’Neil St. Police said the child, identified by their mother as MJ, was struck in the back by a stray bullet from a drive-by shooting. MJ was taken to the hospital, where their mother says the child has a bullet lodged in their back and is paralyzed from the waist down.

Police said they were told of a dark colored sedan with dark windows that was seen fleeing the area right after the shooting, but they are currently unsure if it was involved. The home was a target for the shooting, but the boy was not the intended target, according to police.

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden released the following statement:

“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

In the second shooting, two homes were struck on Eagle Street, but no victims were found. There are also no suspects or arrests.

The two shootings are not connected, police said. The investigations remain ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to call (518) 270-4421.

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