Boy, 7, seriously injured in Hamilton shooting

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Jan 24th, 2020

A seven-year-old boy suffered serious injuries following a shooting in Hamilton, an incident police say is “unacceptable.”

Hamilton police say they responded to reports of a shooting in the east end of the city just before 8 p.m.

When they arrived they discovered the young boy had been struck by at least one bullet that had been fired from outside the home.

Police have not released any other details surrounding the incident including what may have led up to the shooting or any suspect descriptions. Police would also not confirm reports that this may have been a drive-by shooting.

“This is unacceptable,” said Hamilton deputy police chief Frank Bergen.

“Coming out of year of 47 shootings, we’ve already had three shootings in 2020 – this is our first victim. A 7-year-old is not acceptable.”

Paramedics said they transported the child to hospital with “serious, life-threatening” injuries. Police later updated the boy’s condition, saying it has since stabilized.

No one else was injured in the shooting.

“This is a time when our community has to stop and understand what the proliferation of guns are doing in our community,” said Bergen while appealing for anyone to come forward with information.

“We hear a great deal about the problems within the GTA and we are now talking about a sidewalk within our community that’s also affected by this. Let’s all of us start looking at what are the problems with guns and gangs and look at solutions together.”


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