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4-year-old boy is hit by stray bullet

July 24, 2009|Raja Abdulrahim

A 4-year-old boy is in critical condition after being hit by a stray bullet in a gang-related shooting, police said.

The boy was injured Wednesday night when a man got into an argument with a group of people that escalated into a fight and another man pulled out a gun, said Nancy Pratt, a spokeswoman for the Long Beach Police Department.

The shooter's intended victim ran away and was not hit, police said. But the boy was struck while standing with his mother outside a relative's house on Earl Street. He was at the house celebrating his grandmother's birthday, Pratt said.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call detectives at (562) 570-7244.

-- Raja Abdulrahim

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