Boy, elderly man shot in Harlem

June 15, 2009 2:38:26 PM PDT
An young boy and an elderly man were shot in Harlem Monday afternoon. Both appear to have been innocent bystanders who got caught in the gunfire. The shooting happened on East 105th Street, at the Woodrow Wilson houses, just after 3 p.m.

The 11-year-old boy was rushed to Cornell Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the leg. The 77-year-old man was take to Metropolitan Hospital with a graze wound to his buttocks. Both are listed in stable condition and are expected to survive.

Detectives are still trying to develop the basic storyline of how this incident transpired, but residents believe the two were bystanders and not targets.

Residents say the child went by the nickname "Buddha" and was a regular at the basketball courts.

"He's a great kid," neighbor Evelyn Mulero said. "Today was a half day at school. It could've been my son with him, because my son does play with him. They're very close, and it's very bad."

"He's one of my friends, actually," Sharalay Kenyatta said. "He's always playing around here."

"That's the scary thing," resident Inez Russo said. "Cause you're innocent. And you're playing out here, and then someone comes and decides to start shooting, just for the heck of it. That's not right."

Police are investigating what prompted the shooting.

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WEB PRODUCED BY: Bill King


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