Jerusalem boy, 6, hospitalized with gunshot wound to shoulder
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Jerusalem boy, 6, hospitalized with gunshot wound to shoulder

Police investigating source of gunfire; third incident of children apparently hit by stray bullets in city in recent months

Illustrative: Magen David Adom workers wearing protective clothing at Hadassah Ein Karem Medical Center in Jerusalem, on July 20, 2020 (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
Illustrative: Magen David Adom workers wearing protective clothing at Hadassah Ein Karem Medical Center in Jerusalem, on July 20, 2020 (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

A six-year old boy was brought to the Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital in Jerusalem on Wednesday evening with a gunshot wound to his shoulder, police said.

Police said it was not clear who shot the boy from the ultra-Orthodox Ma’alot Dafna neighborhood in East Jerusalem and they were investigating if he had been hit by a stray bullet.

Police gave no other details on the incident, including the condition of the child.

There have been several cases in Jerusalem in recent months of children being hurt or injured by stray gunfire.

Last month doctors at Hadassah removed a bullet from the brain of a nine-year-old boy from the Ras al-Amud neighborhood who was brought to the hospital feeling sleepy. Police were probing, among other lines of inquiry, the possibility that the bullet came from celebratory gunfire for the Muslim Eid el-Adha festival that was observed that weekend.

An x-ray image of a bullet lodged in the brain of 9-year-old boy at Hadassah University Hospital in Jerusalem on July 31, 2020 (courtesy of Hadassah University Hospital)

That incident came two months after a four-year-old girl from Issawiya, which is close to Ras al-Amud, was killed by an apparently stray bullet fired by an unknown shooter.

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