9-year-old boy shot during New Year’s celebration with family, police say

Police said the boy was alert and talking before he went into surgery.

A 9-year-old boy was shot around midnight while he set off New Year’s fireworks with his family in northwest Atlanta, according to reports.

The child “possibly” was hit by celebratory gunfire, Atlanta police Capt. Reginald Moorman said at the scene.

The incident happened in the 100 block of Griffin Street, Atlanta police spokeswoman Stephanie Brown said in a statement.


The boy was in the front yard with his parents when he was shot in the stomach, Channel 2 Action News reported. He was taken to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston in stable condition, police said, and was undergoing surgery.

He still was stable as of about 4:45 p.m., Channel 2 reported.

“They were able to determine at the hospital the child was struck by gunfire,” police said.

No suspect has been identified.

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A teen accidentally killed his friend and then turned gun on himself, police say.