MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Police Department is investigating a non-fatal shooting of a 6-year-old boy, who is listed in critical condition.
At about 10:30 p.m. Thursday, the mother took her son to a local hospital to receive medical attention for a gunshot wound.
The child was inside of a car that was parked in the 500 block of West Concordia when someone began shooting, according to the preliminary investigation.
Bullets pierced the car and struck the child, police said in a news release.
Family members have identified the boy as Kamarion Smith. They confirm his condition is critical and that he must undergo surgery on Saturday at Children’s Hospital.
“I have been crying and not knowing what to do,” said Carrie Tremaine, the boy’s grandmother. “He is always running around wanting to play. Asking me if he can do this or that.”
“I’m heartbroken, and would be for any child, but this hits too close to home,” said Kric Smith, the boy’s uncle. “The community has to stand up. I’m angry that this even happens. People have to start opening their mouths. If you see someone with a gun, or know someone has a gun, you need to call police.”
This is the 13th child injured by gunfire in Milwaukee so far this year.
“This little boy who was shot represents all of our children,” said Ebony Lewis, who lives on the street where the shooting happened, and heard the gunshots. “Our kids play out on these streets. They are innocent in all this. Now I can’t even let my child play outside. It’s not safe enough.”