A young boy is fighting for his life after allegedly being hit by a stray bullet while watching 4th of July fireworks in the Central-Alameda neighborhood of Los Angeles. The incident occurred on Tuesday night, leaving the boy, identified as Bryan Robles Jr., in critical condition. As investigators work to determine the exact cause of the incident, the community is left shocked and concerned about the safety of their neighborhood.
The incident took place around 9 p.m. outside the boy’s apartment building in the 700 block of East 40th Place, according to a spokesperson from the Los Angeles Police Department. Bryan Robles Jr., who is believed to be just shy of 6 years old, was standing outside when he was struck by an object falling from the sky. His parents, unaware of what had hit him, attempted to rush him to the hospital but ended up flagging down officers in the area of East Jefferson Boulevard and San Pedro Street.
Paramedics quickly arrived at the scene and transported the child to the hospital. Unfortunately, he was unconscious and not breathing at the time. Medical personnel confirmed that the young boy had been struck in the upper body. As of Wednesday morning, Bryan Robles Jr. remains in critical condition and is undergoing surgery.
Authorities are currently investigating whether the object that struck the boy was a stray bullet or if he was intentionally shot. Officer Ryan Rabbett added that the noise of ongoing fireworks made it extra difficult to determine what happened at the time. The police are urging anyone with information related to the incident to come forward.
As the investigation continues, the community is rallying together to support Bryan Robles Jr. and his family. Local organizations and neighbors have come forward to offer their assistance and prayers.