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Stray bullet hits sleeping Santa Ana boy in leg

A 12-year-old boy was shot in the leg by an apparent stray bullet that pierced the walls of his Santa Ana home while he slept, police said today.

“He was in bed, sleeping; he heard a gunshot that woke him up, and he realized he had been shot,” said Cmdr. Steve Colon of the Santa Ana Police Department.

The boy was taken to the hospital Sunday after 7 p.m. with non-life-threatening injuries, police said. Authorities say it is uncommon to be hit by a stray bullet. Police found a bullet hole in the wall of the home on the 100 block of South Birch Street, but they do not know where the bullet came from.

“It could be from anywhere,” Colon said. “We don’t know because we have no witness to the shooting.”

-- Ching-Ching Ni

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