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5-Year-Old Muskogee Boy Shot In Back

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MUSKOGEE, Oklahoma -

A 5-year-old Muskogee boy is in the hospital after he was shot in the back on Saturday night.

MPD Lt. Bryan Stark confirmed the boy is stable and no arrests have been made.

The shooting occurred about 11:30 p.m. at the Whispering Pines Apartments on Fairmont Street in Muskogee. The child was in a car with his mother when someone started shooting at the vehicle, police said.

The woman took her son to a hospital in Muskogee, and Muskogee EMS took the boy to Tulsa.

"A few inches in either direction [and] we may have had a dead child on our hands," MPD Cpl. Michael Mahan said.

Police said there was an argument that happened before the shooting.

News On 6 spoke to one witness who called 911 after he said he looked out his window and saw a man unload a handgun into a silver car.

"They got in the car and were pulling out and another guy walked out and started shooting a revolver at them," witness Jerry Johnson said. "I knew there was kids in the car. I feel sorry for the kids really, because you know they were the innocent victims in the whole deal."

Neighbors who live in the complex were shocked there was a shooting in their parking lot.

"I pretty much saw some muzzle flashes come out of a car that was about it," witness Michael Boggs said. "I've been here three years... never seen any of it."

Police are asking for any help trying to find the shooter, who fled after firing the gun. Investigators also are looking at surveillance video.

"There wasn't a lot of cooperation taking place, and we need those people to come forward and give us information," Mahan said.

For Johnson, having to call 911 about a child shot is too much.

"I'm ready to move," he said. "I'm going to start looking for a place."

 

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