7-Year-Old Boy Recovering After He Suffered A Gunshot Wound At A NE OKC Park


Wednesday, April 14th 2021, 4:18 pm
By: Hunter McKee


OKLAHOMA CITY -

Oklahoma City police are searching for a person accused of shooting a 7-year-old in a park. 

Police said the child was playing Tuesday night in a park near Northeast 23rd and Prospect when he was shot.

"It bothers me a lot," Daryl Jackson, a neighbor, said. "That could have been my child."

Police reports said a woman was at Phillips Park with her 7-year-old son about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. She decided to go to a gas station near NE 23rd and Lottie as a family member watched her son. 

Police were told the child was playing tag around the swings right before gunfire erupted.

"They explained that while the child was playing, that's when the child was struck by gunfire in his legs," said Oklahoma City police Sgt. Megan Morgan. 

When the mother got back to the park and realized what had happened, they got her child in the car and he was rushed to a local hospital. The little boy is expected to recover.

"A bullet has no eyes," said Jackson. "The child out there just minding its own business just playing, is just so sad."

One woman who lives next to the park said it's fortunate no one else was hit.

"I mean that's pretty scary, because, hell, I could have been shot," said Tiffany Wynn. "I'm pretty close, I'm right here by the park too, could have been a stray bullet."

Police said it's uncertain where the gunfire came from and they're still piecing together all the evidence. No suspect description has been released as of Wednesday.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 405-235-7300.

Police have not identified the 7-year-old victim.