‘This is unacceptable’ 7-year-old boy shot in Hamilton

‘This is unacceptable’ 7-year-old boy shot in Hamilton

Hamilton, Halton, Niagara and area news from CHCH – Hamilton, Halton, and Niagara news..

Hamilton police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a seven-year-old boy was shot inside an east-end home Thursday night.

Officers were called to a home on Gordon St. near Barton St. and Gage Ave. at 7:53 p.m.

Police say the child was inside the home on the main floor when he was struck by a bullet that came from outside.

“This is one of these examples of coming out of a year of 47 shootings – we have already had three shootings to date in 2020. This is our first victim. A seven-year-old is not acceptable,” said Deputy Chief Frank Bergen, Hamilton Police Service. “The public needs to come together to make sure, if you have seen anything, say something.”

A neighbour told CHCH News he ran over to the home when he heard the boy’s mother screaming. He said the boy appeared to be shot in the stomach and hand.

Police did confirm how many times the child was struck.

The boy was rushed to hospital where he remains in stable condition with his family by his side.

“This is unacceptable,” said Bergen, adding that the rise in gun violence is taking a toll on the community. “This is a time when our community has to stop and understand what the proliferation of guns is doing in our community,” said Bergen. “We hear a great deal with problems in the GTA and we are now talking about a sidewalk within our community that’s also affected by this.”

Bergen said it is too early in the investigation to know if the home was targeted or not.

Police have not released a suspect description and have made no arrests.

Officers remain on scene and police are expected to release more information Friday morning.

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