ALBANY — A 3-year-old boy asleep at an Albany daycare facility was struck and wounded by a stray bullet fired outside the house, police said Thursday.
The bullet went through the outside wall and a closet of the residence near the corner of Third Avenue and Elizabeth Street in Albany's South End, then passed through one of the boy's arms.
Police described the child's injuries as non-life-threatening. He was taken to Albany Medical Center for treatment.
The incident began around 1:15 p.m. in the area of Third Avenue and Teunis Street, police said.
Police believe at least two young men were walking along Third, toward Teunis, when a car pulled up behind them. At least two masked men got out and started firing at their intended victims.
An estimated eight or nine shots were fired, Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins told reporters at a news conference near the scene broadcast on Facebook Live by Gazette news gathering partner CBS6.
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Police do not believe the intended victims were hit. They fled to a nearby house, where officers found them. Police had multiple people in custody and were attempting to sort out what roles, if any, they had in the incident.
"This is very disturbing," Hawkins told reporters from the scene. "We had young men who were brazenly firing up a residential street in broad daylight."
The chief then referenced other children in the area as he spoke.
"These men had no regard whatsoever for life in this area. It's very, very disturbing. I'm outraged. The staff is outraged. We need the people in this community to share that outrage and I'm sure they do."
Hawkins then called on members of the community who have information on who was involved in the incident to contact police.
Police were also reviewing surveillance video from the area.
Inside the daycare, the boy had been in the room with at least eight other small children. He was asleep in a bed when he was wounded, Hawkins said.
The bullet went through the boy's arm and landed nearby.
Adults were summoned to the room by the child's cries, Hawkins said.
Hawkins vowed to find the perpetrators of the shooting and devote all resources available to doing that.
"We are committed to finding who these men are who committed this atrocious act and arresting these individuals and prosecuting them," Hawkins said. "We will find out who they are and we are going to send a message."