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Police investigating after 1-year-old is injured in Arkansas shooting

HELENA-WEST HELENA, Ark — The Helena-West Helena Police Department is investigating after a 1-year-old boy was injured in a shooting in the 1100 block of Walnut on Sunday.

Authorities are still on the scene.

Police say the 1-year-old was struck in the stomach by either a bullet fragment or some sort of debris. He was rushed to the hospital and later released.

Police say two people approached the house around 4 p.m. They were chasing other people at a nearby apartment complex while shooting at them.

Once they arrived at the home on Walnut, police say the suspects told the homeowner to get down. During the shooting, one of the bullets went through the door and injured the child.

"The child was in the living room area. Something, whether it was a bullet projectile, came into the house. Some kind of unidentifed fragment struck the child in the stomach area, and that child was later transported. But he is fine now," Chief James Smith said. "We don't know if this child or this child's family was targeted."

At least one other home in the area was hit.

No arrests have been made.

If you know anything about the shooting, call Helena-West Helena Police at 870-573-3441.

This is an ongoing investigation. We will update you as more information becomes available.

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