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Boy shot in Phoenix parking lot hospitalized with critical injuries

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PHOENIX – A child was shot early Monday in Phoenix and taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, authorities said.

Police said a 10-year-old boy was injured in the shooting near 19th and Peoria avenues around 6 a.m.

Witnesses told officers that someone in a car in the parking lot had shot in the direction of the child and a man.

Sgt. Mercedes Fortune identified the man only as a relative of the boy.

“We don’t have a very good description of the vehicle or a suspect at this time,” Fortune told KTAR News 92.3 FM.

Anyone who has information about the shooting can call 480-WITNESS.

No other details were immediately available.

UPDATE: The father was arrested Tuesday after eventually saying the boy was shot in their apartment as they handled the father’s handgun, police said.

KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Taylor Kinnerup contributed to this report.

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