New Jersey Infant Struck By Stray Bullet While Sitting In Car, Family Demands Justice


Police in New Jersey report that an infant was struck in the face by a stray bullet while he sat in his family's parked car on Dec. 26. The young boy has reportedly undergone surgery, and family members expect that he will make a full recovery.

The Associated Press reports that 1-year-old Mina Beshay was sitting in the back seat of the car in Jersey City, when a stray bullet from a nearby shooting hit him in the face at about 2:30 p.m.  Mina's father and 5-year-old sister were also in the car at the time but were not injured.

Police are still trying to determine who fired the shots and what sparked the gunfire.  No arrests have been made in the case as of yet.

"I was sitting in [the] driver's seat with my daughter and son in the back," Mina's father, Michel Beshay, told The Jersey Journal, according to CBS. "Suddenly, I hear shots, about four or five -- tat-tat-tat-tat-tat."

"It was only about two or three seconds. I [looked] back [and] my back glass was broken, and I see my son bleeding. He's still alive, thank God, but easily the bullet could have hit here, here or here," Beshay said, pointing to his head, eye and chest.

The shooting has outraged the family, who has urged the gunman to come forward.  

Witnesses in the neighborhood where the Beshays' car was parked said that the shooter was gone in a matter of seconds after firing several rounds.

"I saw it, I ran inside again, and I locked the door," local resident Tu Nguyen told CBS.

The boy underwent surgery to remove a piece of a bullet and glass from his face, according to relatives. He was expected to be heading home soon on Dec. 27.

Sources: AP via Newsday, CBS / Photo credit: CBS New York

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