Toddler struck by bullet while playing in a Granite City home

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GRANITE CITY, IL (KTVI) – Investigators are asking for the public’s help in identifying the gunmen who fired into a home near Granite City early Sunday morning and wounded a three-year-old boy who was playing on the living room floor.

It happened around 12:30 early Sunday morning.

Authorities are asking for people’s help in finding the suspects they call cowards.

A Madison County Sheriff’s captain said fortunately the wound was through and through. No bones or arteries were struck and the boy is expected to make a full recovery. Neighbors want the suspects caught before anyone else is hurt.

“I don’t want to think about it. I don’t think anybody wants to think about that happening,” said Luke Forrester, who lives near the boy’s home.

But it did happen in the 4700 block of Warnock Avenue. Several shots were fired at a home. Three bullets entered the residence, one of which struck the boy, who is now out of the hospital.

Detectives are determined to catch the persons responsible. And neighbors strongly support their efforts.

“This type of reckless, unconscionable, cowardly act is not going to be tolerated. These individuals need to know we’re going to catch them and hold them accountable,” said Captain Mike Dixon.

Vicky Wright, who lives down the street, added, “I think it’s horrible.”

They are looking for tips to help solve this case. Please call police at 618-692-4433 or the anonymous tip line 618-296-3000 if you have any information. Detectives said they think somebody knows something and they’re hoping they have a conscience that will encourage them to call.

Investigators believe the house was specifically targeted but they have not revealed why they think that.