Boy, 5, Shot on Bronx Street

By Roseanne Colletti
|  Friday, Jul 29, 2011  |  Updated 7:01 PM EDT
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Boy, 5, Shot on Bronx Street

Adonte Peartree was shot in the leg as he walked down a Bronx street.

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Police say a 5-year-old boy walking down a Bronx street was shot in his left calf when gunfire erupted Thursday night.

Adonte Peartree was hit just after 10 p.m. when he and his mother were walking on Astor Avenue on their way to the grocery store to pick up a late-night snack.

"It didn't hit the bone or anything," Adonte's mother, Maritza Santana said.  "He's ok now.  He got six staples."

He was taken to a local hospital where he was in stable condition. Police say the child was not the shooters' intended target. 

"He was like 'Ma, Ma, I have a boo boo. I have boo boo,'" Santana said   "When I looked at his leg, it was bleeding pretty bad."

The gunshots rang out as two rival gangs exchanged fire. Peartree was not the only unintended victim. Tomas Marin, 44, was also struck by a stray bullet.

Peartree will rest at home for a week at which time he will have the staples removed from his wound. The youngster is said to be in good spirits and even got a visit from his nursery school teacher.

"I gave him a big card with lots of stickers on it," said his teacher Bridget Burke. "Everybody signed it for him."

The case remains under investigation.

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