COLLINS, N.Y. (WIVB) — A seven-year-old child was hit by a gunshot inside a residence in the southern Erie County town of Collins, according to the sheriff’s office.
Police said the boy is in stable condition after the shooting, which detectives do believe was an intentional act, but they say the boy was not the intended target.
On Tuesday morning, just after 12:30 a.m., deputies responded to a residence on Route 39. Deputies said there were several people inside, including the boy’s parents.
The boy was taken to a Buffalo hospital. No one else was injured.
Deputies said the original caller to dispatchers said people inside the home heard several gunshots and found several bullet holes in the house, and that the boy was hit in the leg.
Deputies continue to question neighbors and canvass the area. They do not believe that this is hunting-related, but could not immediately offer comment on any potential motive.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at (716) 858-2903 and refer to “CL# 20-012891.”