UPDATE: 9-year-old Tyler boy shot during robbery at drug house


UPDATE – The 9-year-old boy shot on Saturday night was caught in a crossfire during a robbery at a house on Glenwood Boulevard, according to Tyler PD Officer Don Martin.

Martin said that the boy’s parents and a few friends drove to the house so the father could buy marijuana.

However, when they showed up the house was being robbed, reportedly by three men. When the dad ran back to his car, a shootout between the homeowner and the robbers rang out. Police say upwards of 50 rounds were fired during the gun battle.

A stray bullet struck the boy in the arm and another bullet grazed the woman’s lower back as they fled in their car.

The dad then flagged down a police officer at the nearby Louisiana Famous Fried Chicken to let him know his son had been struck.

The boy was taken to UT Health East Texas with non-life threatening injuries. His identity has still not been released.

Child protective Services have been called in to investigate and police are on the lookout for the robbery suspects. They are said to be driving a four door black vehicle. Contact Tyler PD with any information.

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