Boy Shot in Plainfield, NJ: Police

Friday, Jan 11, 2013  |  Updated 8:22 PM EDT
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Police are looking for the gunman who shot a five-year-old boy in Plainfield, N.J. on Thursday. John Noel reports.

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Police are looking for the gunman who shot a five-year-old boy in Plainfield, N.J. on Thursday. John Noel reports.

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Boy Shot in Plainfield, NJ: Police

A child was shot on a street in Plainfield, N.J. while walking with his mother from school, police said. Checkey Beckford reports.
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A child was shot on a street in Plainfield, N.J. while walking with his mother, police said. 

Plainfield police say the 5-year-old boy and his mother were walking in the area of South Second Street and Plainfield Avenue when someone started shooting, and a stray bullet hit the boy.

The boy was hit in the face and taken to Robert Wood Medical Center. 

"The bullet him in the front tooth, and the tooth got lodged in the throat. He had to go into surgery," said Tyshira Spencer, the victim's cousin. 

The boy is listed in critical but stable condition, and doctors say they are cautiously optimistic about his recovery.

Police hope the public will be able to assist in their investigation. 

"It was in broad daylight, there were people out there," said Plainfield Public Safety Director Martin Hellwig. "We know someone saw something that will help us with a key to unlock the case and make an arrest." 

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