An 8-year-old boy was shot while shopping with his mother at a Bronx bodega Tuesday night, CBS New York reports.
A man rode his bicycle past Papa Yala's Deli on Randall Avenue at around 8PM, opening fire on a group of teens standing outside before pedaling away.
Second grader Armando Bigo can be seen in the bodega's surveillance footage (see below) eyeing some potato chips when the teens begin to frantically run inside the store from the street. Armando can then be seen grabbing his shoulder.
Mahmood Abdulrub, the store's manager, ran towards the boy when he noticed he was hit. From The New York Daily News:
"He looked stunned,” [Abdulrb] said. “There was blood everywhere.”
The panicked Abdulrub sat the child on a milk crate and tried to stop the bleeding.
"He was so polite," he said. "He looked up at me with his big googly eyes and said, 'Thank you, sir.'"
The child was also concerned about making a mess.
"He kept telling me he had to spit up blood," Abdulrub said. "He was worried about spitting blood on my floor. I kept telling him not to worry about it."
Armando was taken to Jacobi Medical Center Wednesday, where his mother told The News doctors are treating him for "a punctured, blood-filled lung, a fractured rib and an injured spinal cord." He is in stable condition.
The child was not the intended target of the shooting, witnesses said. An argument amongst the teens outside the store somehow escalated into someone pulling a gun.
Police are still looking for the shooter, who reportedly was wearing a black hood.
Samuel Calcano, 39, an employee at Papa Yala's told The New York Times, "The young kids in the gangs are always hanging out on the corner,’’ he said. “Unfortunately, this is a bad area, so it’s something common.’’
Another witness said, "It's rough, and you kinda make it," adding, "You try to get by, day to day, out here."
WARNING: the footage below is disturbing: