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HPD is currently investigating a shooting where a toddler was shot twice and taken to a local hospital in critical condition.

The incident occurred in the parking lot of Haviland Park in southwest Houston on Saturday afternoon when someone in a gray vehicle pulled into the parking lot into a red vehicle where the toddler was sitting with his mother. Witnesses say a party was taking place at the park.

HPD executive assistant chief Troy Finner says others returned fire at the gray vehicle.

The two-year-old boy who was shot was rushed to a hospital for emergency surgery. Officers said he was in critical condition but is thankfully expected to survive. It isn’t clear whether the shooter targeted the mother and the young boy or if they decided to fire at random.

“We’ve been here before, unfortunately, on incidents like this,” Finner said. “But let me just say it one more time. Hands off our babies and our children in this city. Hands off.

“It makes no sense. And it’s an extremely cowardly act that any individual — whatever beef you have with somebody doesn’t matter — anyone can see that there are families and kids in this park.”

“I guarantee you we’re going to get you in custody,” he said. “We’re going to hold you accountable. This senseless type of violence needs to simply stop. It makes no sense whatsoever. Sometimes people are afraid or just don’t want to get involved,” Finner said. “But I just ask all citizens, what if it was your 2-year-old baby and you’re sitting up in a hospital? Wouldn’t you want somebody to have enough courage to speak up? And that’s all we’re asking.”

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