EULESS -- A 7-year-old boy escaped serious injuries Thursday when he was hit by a bullet that had passed through a car door during a road rage incident on a residential street, police said.
The bullet did not penetrate the boy’s skin, police said.
The shooting occurred shortly after 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the 400 block of Milam Drive.
After picking up his son from Midway Elementary, the boy’s father told police that he was driving on Milam Drive when an older-model brown Cadillac drove up behind him with two men in it.
According to police reports, the boy’s father said the driver of the Cadillac became upset because he did not move out of the way fast enough.
The driver blew his horn twice, the father said Friday morning. He spoke on the condition that his name not be used for fear of retaliation.
“They pulled up beside me and said ‘What’s up?’, and then I saw the pistol,” the father said in Spanish. “I heard the gunshot but I just thought they fired into the air.”
The Cadillac drove on, but almost immediately, the father said he heard his son crying.
The driver of the Cadillac shot into his vehicle, police said.
“As soon as I heard him crying, I knew he had fired at us,” the father said. The man drove to his home where he tended to his son and called 911.
“It was like a hard blow to him, but he was fine,” the father said. Authorities later found the bullet in his vehicle.
The bullet passed through the rear driver’s-side door and struck the boy who was in a back seat, police reports state. His 12-year-old sister was sitting beside him, but she was not injured.
Authorities believe the boy was not seriously injured because the bullet was slowed down by going through the door.
After the shooting, the Cadillac sped away north on Milam Drive, police said.
The only description police released was that the men were Hispanic teen-agers.