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11-year-old boy recovering after being injured in drive-by shooting, Dallas police say

Authorities said the boy was in bed when a bullet entered through an outside wall and struck him in the foot.

Updated at 5:35 p.m. with information from the 11-year-old's grandmother. 

An 11-year-old boy is recovering after he was injured in a drive-by shooting near South Dallas, police said. 

Officers responded to the shooting call just after 12:30 a.m. Friday in the 3200 block of Carpenter Avenue. 

Neighbors in two homes say they awoke to the sound of bullets flying hitting windows, doors and walls. 

“When I opened up my door, my whole door was shot up,” one neighbor said, as she cleaned shattered glass around her home.

Next door, the situation was more serious.

“They shot an innocent 11-year-old that was sleep,” said Linda Hersi, as she explained the injuries to her grandson.

Hersi’s grandson was sleeping on a bed in the front room of the house. She said the boy was shot in the foot when bullets came zipping into the home.

“Why would someone just come up here and shoot in the house and could have killed me and my grandson? For nothing! We are not supposed to have no enemies and we haven’t did anything to anybody,” said Hersi.

The child was rushed to the hospital and spent Friday morning in surgery.

“I’m nervous. I’m confused. I don’t know what happened. It’s not fair. And we shouldn’t have to live in fear like this,” the neighbor said. 

Dallas police detectives are investigating the shooting. Neighbors are urging anyone with information about the crime to call police. 

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