Shooting in Maryland leaves 3-year-old boy dead and mother wounded

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A 3-year-old boy was killed and his mother injured in a shooting outside an apartment complex in Maryland, according to the police.

A detective working in the Hyattsville area late Thursday afternoon heard the gunshots and responded to the scene. The woman and child were found suffering from gunshot wounds in the courtyard of an apartment complex, according to Prince George’s County Police.

Paramedics transported the baby to Children’s National Hospital,¬†where he was pronounced dead. The mother was taken to a D.C. hospital and is in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries.

“The young baby did nothing to anyone. He did not deserve to die because someone wants to come out here and play with guns,” Assistant Chief Vernon Hale said during a press conference. “Bullets come down, and they have real consequences. I can only pray that they weren’t trying to kill a child, but I don’t know at this point.”