Young children become victims of 2 different New Jersey shootings over weekend

ByMallory Hoff WABC logo
Tuesday, December 29, 2015

NEWARK, New Jersey (WABC) -- Young children became the victims of two different shootings in New Jersey over the weekend.

Newark Police say a five-year-old boy is being treated at University Hospital after he was struck in the lower leg. This comes after shots were fired near Morris Avenue and Springfield Avenue just before 9 p.m. Sunday. A man was struck in the arm in the same incident.

Also, in Jersey City, on Bergen Avenue, an 18-month-old boy is recovering after being shot in the face. The bullet was removed, and Monday he was seen leaving Jersey City Medical Center. He is expected to be okay.

Investigators say the toddler was in a parked car when gunfire erupted on Saturday afternoon. A bullet struck the family's Lincoln Sedan, shattering the back window and hitting the toddler in the cheek. He also suffered a cut under his eye from the back window. Police say the car was not the intended target.