A 6-year-old boy was struck in the shoulder by gunfire during a shooting between teenagers in Yonkers Thursday evening, police said.
The Yonkers Police Department said they were investigating the incident that occurred near the intersection of Ash Street and Oak Street just after 6 p.m. The boy, who police believe was on his front porch, was shot in the right shoulder and rushed to Jacobi Hospital.
Mayor Mike Spano said the boy was in stable condition and is expected to recover. The boy's father, whom the boy lives with, and aunt were said to be with him at the hospital. His mother is living in El Salvador.
Yonkers Police Commissioner John Mueller said that multiple shots were fired, and that three people, all under the age of 18, were arrested. Mueller said all three teens took off on foot right after the shots were fired, with officers chasing them down.
Police believe that the teens were exchanging gunfire between themselves, with the boy not being an intended target. Two handguns were also recovered at the scene, Mueller said, calling the shooting "despicable."
"Its disgusting, it's horrible. This is what we're up against right now. My heart goes out to this father," Mueller said.
Mayor Spano said Thursday night that police presence in the area will be increased.
No other information was immediately available. Police said that several blocks in the surrounding area were cordoned off, and an investigation is ongoing.