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Boy hit by bullet, possibly from New Year’s gunfire

January 1, 2019

ATLANTA (AP) — Police say a boy setting off fireworks in Atlanta was hit by a bullet -- possibly from a gun fired to celebrate the new year.

City police tell news agencies the 9-year-old was in his front yard with his parents when he was hit in the stomach shortly after midnight Tuesday.

WAGA-TV identifies him as Alfonso Vasquez, and says he underwent surgery at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Egleston.

Police tell WSB-TV he was alert and talking before he went into surgery.

Police talked to people in the area, hoping to learn who fired the gun. No suspects were immediately identified.

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