A 6-year-old boy is in the hospital recovering after getting shot in Boston.
The Boston Police Department responded to reports of a shooting around 9:30 p.m. on Sunday night. The boy was shot at 7 Copeland St. in the city’s Roxbury neighborhood.
Authorities say the shooter was aiming at the child’s father, but missed and hit the child instead.
One woman who lives near the scene said that "it sounded like a sawed-off shotgun ... and it was very scary."
The boy was rushed to Boston Medical Center with a gunshot wound to his lower back but his condition is now in stable and he is expected to recover.
Monica Cannon was in the neighborhood when the shots were fired.
“It’s a baby,” she said. “It had nothing to do with anything.”
Boston Police Commissioner William Evans held a press conference with Boston Mayor Marty Walsh to discuss the incident.
Walsh spoke passionately about the crime committed.
"You missed your target," he said of the shooter. "You hit a 6-year-old little boy. You’re not that tough.”
The investigation is still ongoing and police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspects. Officials say two males between ages 18-20 fired multiple rounds then fled the scene in a silver car. vans confirmed police are looking into whether the incident was gang related given that the father was the target.
“This shouldn’t be happening and we all need to work together to make sure this doesn’t happen again," Evans said.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Boston Police Department.