ATLANTA – A 6-year-old boy had surgery late Sunday evening after being struck by gunfire.
Darious Calhoun, Sr. said Darious, Jr. was the victim of a gun battle near the family home in Northwest Atlanta.
The shooting happened near Mango Circle and Monteel Drive NW.
Witnesses told Atlanta police the young boy was out playing while an illegal gun sale was occurring nearby.
Several neighbors said that just before 8 p.m., bullets were fired when the would- be gun buyer decided not to make the purchase, according to police.
Neighbor Anthony Dowdell told CBS Atlanta News that he heard the gunfire.
“Gun shots, I just saw people running up the street,” said Dowdell. “Somebody went up the street and started shooting at the vehicle. During the process the little kid who was riding the bike got shot.”
Calhoun, Sr. said his son was shot through his lower back and the bullet exited from the front of his body.
Moments after the shooting, the scared and wounded boy ran into his home.
His cousin, 14-year-old Taquavious Dunlap, saw the blood and ran to tell the adults.
“He was just shocked. He was feeling it. He was holding it and he was bleeding everywhere. He didn’t want to say anything at all,” said Taquavious.
The boy was airlifted to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston after his father rushed him to a hospital near their home.
Atlanta police are still investigating the shooting. No arrests have been made at this time.