NJ Man Charged in Shooting That Wounded Young Boy

Authorities say the wounded boy was not targeted in the shooting and was hit by a stray bullet as he walked with his mother

Monday, Jan 14, 2013  |  Updated 8:45 AM EDT
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NJ Man Charged in Shooting That Wounded Young Boy

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Attempted murder charges have been filed against an 18-year-old New Jersey man who allegedly opened fire on a Plainfield street this week, shooting a 5-year-old boy in the face.

Eighteen-year-old Jose Rodriguez of North Plainfield also faces weapons charges stemming from Thursday afternoon's shooting. He was arrested early Saturday at a Piscataway home, and it was not known if he has retained a lawyer. His bail had not been set as of Saturday afternoon.
 
Authorities say the wounded boy was not targeted in the shooting and was hit by a stray bullet as he walked with his mother. He remains hospitalized in critical but stable condition.
 
A motive for the shooting remains under investigation.

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