A 2-year-old is recovering at Children's Hospital of Michigan today after he was hit with a bullet near his left hip on Detroit’s west side Sunday night, a family member told the Free Press.
The boy is listed in good condition today at the Detroit hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Police said two men outside a home on the 15000 block on Gilchrist had an argument around 7:30 p.m. Sunday. The boy was also outside and got hit by a bullet.
“This could have been prevented,” said Milagros Pietri, 46, the child’s grandmother.
She was at her home where the shooting occurred and told the Free Press that her daughter’s boyfriend, 18, came to the home and was not welcome. He called her a name while outside, she said.
Pietri’s boyfriend, 35, is the one accused of firing the bullet that hit the child, she said.
“He didn’t mean to,” she said.
Police and an ambulance arrived and Pietri rushed to Sinai-Grace Hospital in Detroit with her grandson who was later transported.
Police arrested the 35-year-old about an hour after the shooting in the 5000 block of Colfax, about ten miles from scene of the shooting
A warrant request is currently being reviewed by the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office in the case, said Maria Miller, a spokeswoman for the office.
The 2-year-old is one of at least four children killed by gunfire in recent weeks.
A 6-year-old was critically injured after being shot with an AK47 in an attempted carjacking on the city’s east-side last month.
Nine-month-old Delric Miller IV was killed when bullets pierced his home as he slept on the couch, and Kade'jah Davis, 12, died from gunfire following an apparent argument over a cell phone with the victim's mother at the end of January.