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Boy, 5, in critical condition after being shot in head by suspected gang member

A 5-year-old boy was in critical condition Monday after two suspected gang members walked through the alley behind his South Los Angeles home and shot him while he was in his backyard.

The boy, who was dressed as Spiderman and waiting to go to a Halloween party, was in the yard with his grandfather and uncle about 2 p.m. Sunday in the 1000 block of East 84th Street. One of the suspects opened fired and hit him in the back of the head, said Det. Chris Barling of the Los Angeles Police Department. The grandfather was grazed in the arm by a bullet; the uncle was shot in the leg.

The boy was taken to Harbor UCLA Medical Center where he remains in critical condition, Barling said.

The home in the Florence neighborhood lies near a border between two rival gangs. Detectives suspect that the men, believed to be in their late teens or early 20s, mistakenly thought that the family was connected to their rival gang.

Nobody at the boy's home had connections to any gangs, Barling said.

-- Stephen Ceasar

Aaron Shannon

Photos: Aaron Shannon in his Halloween costume. LAPD via KTLA News

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Sickening! Cowards roaming around shooting at people they can't know or see or feel or understand.

My heart goes out to this family. I am a father of a 6 yr old and I would be DEVASTATED. Steve Cooley is so concerned with other minor issues like medical marijuana while our community is killing each other. We need better programs in our community, we need local law to be protecting our communities. Mr. Cooly and his offices needs to dispatch our resources a lot differently.

apparently, they have no heart, no feelings, no happinesss in their lifes. This needs to stop, and it has to start with the people living in these communities. They see this kind of behavior and do nothing to stop it. Wake up neighbors, call the damn police whenever you see these sick people walking around your neighborhood!

Gangs are cancer. Unbelievably, there are people who tell the law-abiding majority that we must "understand" the mentality of gangbangers. The reality is, we understand their mentality perfectly well: they're zero-achieving scum whose lives are dedicated to criminality.

please. please pull through. My heart is breaking for you and your family. These gang members are sub human.


These are your followers, Jerry Brown and Barak Obama.

I am praying for you, young innocent little boy. May God's healing hands be upon you and give your family strength to deal with this.

Those rotten low life sob's. Bully's. That's what they are. I never wish harm to anyone. But to walk up to a family in their own yard, a child in a halloween costume and bring harm to them? It makes me want to go get a gun and hunt them down. I hope nothing but mysery, the worst kind follows their every footstep. I hope every breath they take causes unbearable pain and I hope they live like this for a long long time.
God please bless and watch over this family and nurse them back to health.

This is heartbreaking.May God give this family healing and hope.

Call me weak.Call me anything you like.I am a 46 yr. old white man.This totally breaks my heart.I can't imagine the pain that these people have to endure that witnessed their little boy in a spider man costume shot in his own yard!I pray that he will make it through this.My prayers are for him and his family.

the boy is under the ^ge of puberty
he is in He^ven with Jesus

the boys pulling the trigger of the guns
will never get there

I am so sorry!

We the people have a serious problem on our hands. In addition to people "bullying" others to commit suicide or possible kill another, we have situations like this as well.

Please know that "Directional Audio" exists as well because psychopaths or sociopaths can use it as a weapon as well. "Weapon?" Yes, "emotional abuse" is torture and "torture" has been described by "most evil" as 21 out of 22.

Directional Audio:

Only the gang thugs have rights and the ACLU and you liberal enablers have blood on your hands..

What is it going to take for us as a society to focus on the real issues such as gang violence, rape, murders, etc. We need to stand up as a society and unite against these people who commit such terrible acts. The future of our children is in jeopardy and all we do is read the articles which inform us of horrible news. We must have our voices heard, for those whose voices demand justice and can not be heard. We can not be submissive to those who try to strike fear in our lives. As time goes by we become complacent and content with the fact that these vicious crimes are not committed to our families. Must we sit around and wait till our fathers or brothers or sisters or mothers fall at the hands of these criminals? Stand up and speak up! Now is our opportunity to prevent the “what if?” Now is our chance to raise our voice for the innocent. Now is the time we show these criminals that we are not afraid. Now is the time we make a change. On the week of the 13th of December 2010 through Sunday, we all must wear white for all our loved ones whose lives were taken away this year by the hand of another. For the lady down the street who was rapped (and whose perpetrators were never caught). For the little boys and girls who played on their front lawn and had their lives taken prematurely by lowlife thugs who never seem to know which house is their target. For the adolescents who were at the wrong place at the wrong time and were trying to make a future for themselves. We must unite and wear white, to show those who commit and have committed these crimes that they will be brought to justice. We will show them that we are the voices of those whose lives they have taken and we will not rest until justice is served.

Dressed as a super hero and gets shot in the head in his back yard. Poor thing, they need some heros out there, time for some street justice

The book "Freakonomics" discusses the impact that abortion has on crime...namely, in states where abortion becomes legal, approximately 20 years later the crime rate drops substantially because all of these would-be criminals that would be hitting the streets instead were aborted before birth. The theory is that many criminals were unwanted as children and are raised shoddily by ill-prepared and uninterested single parents...abortion prevents this from happening. Most of these felons never had a chance to become anything else. If only there was a way to retroactively abort all of these killers and gang members so their mayhem was never unleashed in the first place. The world -- and Los Angeles in general -- would be a more peaceful place for it.

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