A 2-year-old boy was critically injured when a stray bullet hit him in front of his East Oakland home Friday afternoon, a police spokesman said.
The shooting occurred shortly before 2 p.m. in the 9200 block of Sunnyside Street, police said.
The boy was shot in the upper body. He was taken to Children's Hospital in Oakland where he is in critical condition, Oakland police spokesman Sgt. Arturo Bautista said.
There was gunfire exchanged on the 9400 block of Sunnyside Street between two vehicles and a wayward bullet struck the boy nearly two blocks away, according to police. He was playing in front of his family's home when he was hit, Bautista said.
"We are very upset and heartbroken of this cowardly act. And we will investigate and find who did this," said Bautista.
One of the toddler’s cousins said she was there when he was hit. She told KTVU how outraged she was at the violence.
"Whoever did it, you know, I wish they're looking at this now," said the woman. "Because how would you feel if it was your child? You nephew? Your baby? A 2-year-old. Come one now! This is life! Reality! How would you feel?"
No other injuries were reported and no suspects are in custody in connection with the shooting, Bautista said.
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