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NYPD makes arrest in weekend shooting of young child in the Bronx

Arrest made in shooting of 3-year-old in the Bronx
Arrest made in shooting of 3-year-old in the Bronx 00:25

NEW YORK -- A man was arrested Monday evening in connection with the shooting of a little boy in the Bronx over the weekend. 

Police identified the suspect as 20-year-old Freddy Flores of the Bronx. He was charged with attempted murder, assault, criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment.

The boy, who just turned 3, was shot Saturday night while with his mother outside a TD Bank on East Fordham Road and the Grand Concourse in the Fordham Heights neighborhood. 

The shots came from across the street, police said. 

A bullet hit the boy in the buttocks and went through his body. Another shattered the bank's glass window as people scrambled for safety.

Sources said the boy underwent surgery at Jacobi Hospital and is expected to survive. 

Police sources said the shooting was gang-related, and the boy and his mother were not the intended targets. 

Mayor Eric Adams went to the scene Saturday after he attended the funeral for slain NYPD Det. Jonathan Diller, who was fatally shot in the line of duty last week in Queens. 

"When you are coming from a police funeral where a gun took the life of a young police officer, and now you're here, a shooting like this, just tells the city why we are so committed to take these illegal guns off the street," said Adams.

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