An Indiana teen was in critical condition Monday after being hit in the head by a bullet shot into the air like a firework, authorities said.
The 13-year-old boy was playing basketball with friends Saturday night in Hammond, just west of Gary, when he was struck in the head by a falling bullet and fell to the ground, according to WGN. Witnesses, unaware that he had been hit, thought that he was having a seizure and called an ambulance.
“At the hospital, it was learned that the child was struck from a falling bullet that was shot into the sky by someone in the nearby community,” Hammond police Lt. Steve Kellogg said told the Chicago Tribune.
He was airlifted to Comer’s Children’s Hospital in Chicago, where he was clinging to life Tuesday.