Drive-by shooting injures sleeping child

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HOUSTON, Texas (KPRC) – A 10-year-old boy is recovering after bullets flew through his apartment wall, hitting him as he slept.

Police in Houston, Texas said 10-year-old Andrei Azate was sleeping on the living room floor of his family’s apartment at the Sunset Crossing Apartments in Alief, when gun shots rang out just after midnight Tuesday.

“The sound — pop, pop, pop, pop. It was short but loud and I said that’s not firecrackers,” said neighbor Gwen Gonzalez.

The boy was transported to the hospital in stable condition. He has since returned home to recover.

The intended target, police say, was not the little boy, but someone living in a nearby apartment.

Investigators say the shooter walked up to the area and fired more than four shots.

“It’s just sad. I don’t understand how you can shoot into someone’s house and not care about anyone else, innocent bystanders around here,” neighbor Ronald Sims said.

The shooter took off and now a little boy and his family are trying to recover.

“He takes care of his brothers. He’s just a very good kid. Very sweet, big ‘ole heart,” said Valdez.

The child is still at Texas Children’s Hospital in stable condition.

Houston Police arrested a man at the scene. Police say Jeremy Lee, 24 was on foot, loitering near the apartments when the shooting happened. He allegedly ran when investigating officers tried to question him. After he was arrested, Lee told police he is homeless.

Police are not calling him a suspect. He’s being held on charges of unlawfully carrying a gun, evading arrest and marijuana possession.

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