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4-Year-Old Shot In Face During Botched Robbery In The Bronx

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A 4-year-old boy is fighting for his life Wednesday after being shot in the face during an apparent robbery, police said. The suspect in the shooting was also critically wounded.

According to authorities, the child, identified as Cincer Balthazar, was with his parents when they were approached by two men -- one of them armed -- some time after 10 p.m. Tuesday along Grand Avenue in the University Heights section of the Bronx.

An apparent struggle broke out between the suspects and the boy's father when a firearm one of the men was holding accidentally went off, the New York Daily News reported.

The child was shot once in the face. The victim's father managed to out-power the 16-year-old suspect, gaining control of the gun before chasing down the fleeing suspect. A source tells The News the man "pumped a bullet into the back of [the suspect's] head."

When authorities arrived to the scene, the child had already been moved to a nearby EMS station and subsequently to St. Barnabas Hospital with a gunshot wound to the face.

While canvassing the area a short distance away, cops say they found the 16-year-old suspect laying on the sidewalk at 33 Evelyn Place with a gunshot wound to the head. He was also rushed to St. Barnabas where both are listed in critical condition.

Police were examining footage from nearby surveillance cameras in hopes they could determined what exactly happened.

Anyone with any information on the incident is urged to call CrimeStoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. Tipsters can also submit information at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting CRIMES (274637) then entering TIP577. All calls are confidential.

MIKE GILLIAM CONTRIBUTED TO THIS REPORT.

Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
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