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‘Unacceptable': Boy critically injured in July 4 shooting in Prince George's County

Two adults suffered non-life-threatening injuries

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A 6-year-old boy is in critical condition and two other people are hurt after a shooting in Prince George’s County, Maryland, the night of July 4, police say.

The shooting occurred at about 7:50 p.m. in the 4500 block of Akron Street in Temple Hills, not far from St. Barnabas Road.

Amid the sound of fireworks, at least two people opened fire as others gathered to celebrate the Fourth of July, Prince George’s County Police Chief Malik Aziz said.

The child was taken to a hospital, as was an adult whose injuries aren’t considered life-threatening. A third victim suffered a graze wound.

Police said they can’t confirm whether there was an exchange of gunfire but said at least two people were firing guns in the same direction.

A boy is in critical condition and two other people are hurt after a shooting in Prince George’s County, Maryland, police said. News4's Derrick Ward reports.

“So, tonight, at a time when the rest of the country is celebrating freedom, the people in this community were here tonight celebrating with each other, having a barbecue, doing exactly what they should be able to do and what they have a right to do in their community, when someone brought a gun to that occasion, and it resulted in a minor child who is very seriously injured tonight,” County Executive Angela Alsobrooks said. “And it’s unacceptable. It’s unconscionable.”  

Police said they do not yet know if the shooters were attending the Fourth of July gathering in the neighborhood. Police say it’s an active investigation.

State's Attorney Aisha Braveboy said the shooters will face the maximum charge -- attempted murder -- and the maximum penalty -- life in prison.

Neighbors said the Fourth of July party has been held with food, music and a bounce house for kids for about five years with no problems.

Officials said police should be informed of large gatherings because they can spread on social media and attract people with bad intentions. 

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