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Five-Year-Old Killed In Second Shooting Of Child In Bronx On Christmas

December 26, 1987

NEW YORK (AP) _ A 5-year-old boy playing with Christmas presents among family and friends was killed by a bullet fired through a window of his apartment, police said.

The shot, apparently fired from a housing project building across the street, passed through the metal window frame of the Bronx apartment Friday afternoon and went through the boy’s head, police Lt. Stephen Davis said.

Jose Diaz died at Jacobi Hospital about an hour later.

Jose was playing with new toys in the apartment living room when he was shot, Davis said.

Erick Donis, Jose’s 6-year-old playmate, said the shot ″sounded like a balloon.″

″When I turned around I saw all the blood on the floor,″ he said. ″I was crying. I just turned around from there and ran out the door.″

Neighbors said Jose’s mother, Anna, 32, and siblings Steven, 4, Rebecca, 7, Betsaida, 9, and Raquel, 10, were in the apartment, while the boy’s father, also named Jose, was at work as a bus driver for the city Correction Department.

Davis could not confirm who was in the apartment because ″there was such a hurry to get them out.″

Detectives had not yet pinpointed the source of the apparently high-powered gunshot, Davis said.

Police set up a special telephone number to obtain information about the killing, which was the second shooting of a Bronx child this Christmas.

Police said it did not appear to be related to the shooting in the leg earlier in the day of an 11-year-old girl who was entering a store in the South Bronx.

The girl, whose name was not released, was admitted to Lincoln Hospital for treatment of a wound in the left calf, police Sgt. Maurice Howard said.

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