Father, Young Son Shot on Busy New Jersey Street, Exclusive Video Shows

Video obtained by NBC 4 New York shows the father on the ground as his young son appears anxious

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    A New Jersey man and his 8-year-old son were each shot in a busy commercial district Sunday afternoon, and surveillance video obtained exclusively by NBC 4 New York shows two men sprinting past the victims as the father lay on the ground. Jen Maxfield reports. (Published Monday, Nov 18, 2013)

    A New Jersey man and his 8-year-old son were shot in a busy commercial district Sunday afternoon, and surveillance video obtained exclusively by NBC 4 New York shows two men sprinting past the victims as the father lay on the ground. 

    The gunshots were fired on Clinton Avenue in Irvington just before 3 p.m. as the father and son were walking home, according to police. Video shows the two breaking into a run, apparently after hearing the gunshots, then the father suddenly collapsing on the ground when a bullet hits his leg. 

    He remains conscious, talking to his young son, who is holding his own cheek in pain, video shows. The boy appears agitated as he peers over his father on the ground. 

    Two young men sprint past the father and son, video shows, but it's unclear if they are considered suspects or if they were the intended targets.

    Employees from nearby Brooklyn's Pizza ran out to help the wounded victims. Matty, the pizza shop owner who asked that he not be identified by his last name, said he was proud of the way his workers jumped into action.

    "We're from the community, and we're here to help the community in any event, in any way we can," he said. 

    Passersby gathered around the victims less than two minutes after the shooting to help, and an Irvington police officer was quick to arrive on the scene, according to the video. An ambulance arrived within minutes. 

    A neighbor who gave only his first name, Cameron, was disturbed that a bystander so young was hurt. 

    "When you're out with your kid and it's on a Sunday, that's kind of a crazy situation," he said.

    "It's almost like we have to have police 24 hours a day on the corner. You can't even go out for a walk or go to the store." 

    The father and son are being treated for their wounds at University Hospital. Irvington Police have not made an arrest in the shooting.

    --Jen Maxfield contributed to this report. 

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