Caught on Video: Stray Bullet Strikes 10-Year-Old Boy

Police search for two men involved in a shooting that wounded two innocent bystanders

By Robert Henry
|  Saturday, Mar 23, 2013  |  Updated 9:39 PM PDT
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A young boy was hospitalized in critical condition Saturday after a Friday night shooting. Police say he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Tena Ezzeddine reports for the NBC4 News at 6pm on Saturday, March 23, 2013

Tena Ezzeddine and Khallid Shabazz

A young boy was hospitalized in critical condition Saturday after a Friday night shooting. Police say he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Tena Ezzeddine reports for the NBC4 News at 6pm on Saturday, March 23, 2013

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Surveillance video released Saturday showed at least four men running through a Long Beach gas station amid a shooting that wounded two innocent bystanders, including a 10-year-old boy who was critically injured as he sat in a vehicle with his parents.

The shooting occurred about 8 p.m. Friday at the corner of Long Beach and Del Amo boulevards, said Nancy Pratt of the Long Beach Police Department.

In the video (embedded above), a red SUV is seen pulling up to the pump. At least four men can be seen running through the area.

Someone then fired a gun, striking the child in the SUV.

The parents of the boy took him to a Long Beach police substation about a quarter-mile away and officers rushed him to a hospital, where he was in critical but stable condition, Pratt said.

The gunfire broke out among a group of men who were arguing near the shooting scene, Pratt said.

A man, who police believe may also have been a bystander, was also shot and took himself to a hospital, Pratt said. He had non-life-threatening injuries, officials said.

The gunman in the shooting remained at large, Pratt said.

Anyone with information was asked to call Long Beach police detectives at 562-570-7250.

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