9-Year-Old Boy Shot in Head in Utah Drive-by Shooting

By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
The Associated Press
December 28, 2016 Updated: December 28, 2016

KEARNS, Utah—Utah police say a 9-year-old boy is in critical condition after he was shot in the head during a drive-by shooting.

Unified Police Detective Ken Hansen says the boy was shot Wednesday afternoon in the town of Kearns, Utah, and was flown about 15 miles away to a Salt Lake City hospital.

Hansen said the boy was in the backseat of an SUV parked on the street near an intersection. A Black BMW sedan driving on a cross street fired at least one shot as it passed. The bullet went through the SUV’s windshield, hitting the boy.

Hansen says police believe the shooting may be gang-related and someone else was the target. Hansen did not have further details, including whether anyone else was nearby.

He says police are interviewing witnesses and searching for the BMW.