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A 4-year-old boy was gunned down in Houston on Friday as children in and around the city continue to be increasingly victimized by gun violence.
Officers were called to an apartment complex just before 2pm in the 600 block of Nottingham Oaks. They found the child with a gunshot wound to the leg.
The boy was taken to hospital in a private vehicle where he is recovering. He is expected to survive. The child was playing in the compound’s yard when he started screaming, KPRC-TV reported.
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No arrests were made. Authorities have not said whether the child was targeted and investigators are trying to determine what led to the shooting.
Children continue to be affected by gun violence in the city.
The shooting came days after Arlene Lynette Alvarez, 9, was allegedly killed by a man who fired into the vehicle she was in because he believed the suspect who robbed her moments earlier was inside, police said. Another 9-year-old girl, Ashanti Grant, remains hospitalized after being shot in the head on a Houston highway in a road rage incident.
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On February 4, an 11-year-old boy, Darius Dugas, was killed in northeast Harris County when he was shot while trying to get his jacket from a car in a parking lot.