WASHINGTON (ABC7) — A 5-year-old D.C. boy is recovering after getting caught in the crossfire of a shooting in D.C. Friday afternoon.
The Metropolitan Police Department tells us his condition could have been a lot worse, had it not been for a quick-thinking officer.
MPD Commander Andre Wright says life or death comes down to mere moments.
“We are talking about minutes and when you’re talking about minutes and an individual that may be stabbed or shot and you’re talking about blood loss that’s critical,” he told us.
And on the 1300 block of Congress Street SE Friday, when a little boy was shot in the abdomen while walking to the store with his mom, he was losing blood fast.
A D.C. officer jumped into action before EMTs could get to the scene.
“She looked over and actually saw the young boy fold over and fall to the ground,” Wright said.
She was in the right place at the right time and equipped with a tack kit, which contains equipment to stop bleeding. She used something called a Halo Seal on the boy.
“Like I said, they spring into action, it’s like a second nature when they come on the scene,” he said of the responding officer. “She told me that she’s a mom and even if she was not an officer just seeing a child wounded or gravely injured she would have gotten out and tried to do whatever she could do.”
The boy’s mother told Wright Sunday that he’s doing well and is on his way to a full recovery.