Albany police originally reported the victim was three years old. They have since issued a correction stating the victim is seven years old. The story has been updated to reflect that change.
ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A Seven-year-old boy has been shot on the 100 block of Clinton Street, Albany at around 3:20 p.m. on Sunday. Officers found the boy at the scene with a non-life threatening gunshot wound to the knee.
At this time, Police do not believe the boy was deliberately targeted and was hit by a stray bullet.
Shortly after the call, a 30-year-old man arrived at Albany Medical Center with gunshot wounds to the leg and buttocks. Albany police have determined the man was also shot during the Clinton Street incident. The adult’s injuries are not thought to be life threatening.
Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins claims there were at least 25 shell casings found at the scene, and it appears the incident was a drive by shooting.
We are going be working very, very hard to find our who is involved in this incident and bring those individuals to justice.
But beyond that the police department and the entire community, we have to do a better job at doing what we can to prevent these things from happening.Chief Eric Hawkins
Albany Police Department
A total of 101 people have been shot in the City of Albany so far this year.
Mayor Kathy Sheehan also commented on the incident, saying “Words cannot describe” her anger and outrage as she learned of the shooting.
The depraved indifference involved in shooting a gun in the presence of a child is difficult to fathom, and callous acts like these will not be tolerated in our city. Our residents deserve better, and our city deserves better.
I have spoken to the child’s mother and grandmother, and while he is expected to recover fully, it is unacceptable for anyone in our community to suffer from this type of senseless violence.Mayor Kathy Sheehan
The Mayor also urged anyone who knows someone with an illegal gun, or who intends to use a gun to settle a dispute to contact the Albany Police Department and “not allow their silence to result in one more person being shot.”
The investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Albany Police Detective Division at (518)-462-8039.
100% anonymous tips can also be submitted to Capital Region Crime Stoppers online or by downloading the free P3 Tips mobile app. Tips that leads to an arrest may be eligible for a cash reward.
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