LOS ANGELES — A 9-year-old boy is expected to fully recover after being struck in the shoulder by a bullet fired into the air during a New Year’s Eve celebration in South Los Angeles.

Police are searching for the person who fired the shot during a fireworks event early Monday.

The child’s mother, Claudia Montoya, tells KABC-TV that her son initially yelled that he had been hit by a firecracker. Then the boy’s father found the bullet and they realized he’d been shot. The child is resting at home after being treated at a hospital. He’s expected return to school when classes resume on Jan. 8.

Police Lt. Jamie Bennett says the person who fired the gun could face charges including assault with a deadly weapon.


Information from: KABC-TV, http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/

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