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Boy, 11, remains in critical from gunshot wound to head

Reported by: Sandra Gonzalez

Reported by: Michelle Velez
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Updated: 5/26/2014 7:31 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Memorial Day in Las Vegas began with tragedy.

An 11-year-old boy is in the hospital after he was shot in the head Monday morning.

The shooting has rocked his neighborhood where there are a lot of children.

Neighbors are upset about this child being shot and, while Metro continues its investigation, we don't know if it was an accident or not

"They look like a nice family just minding their own business," said neighbor Erick Machuca.

But at 5 o'clock in the morning someone pulled the trigger of a gun. neighbor Machuca thought it was fireworks.

"That's what usually happens. You think it's a gun shot but it's really a firework, so it was pretty much that," Machuca said.

Then police swarmed this apartment complex.

"And they discovered a young male juvenile that was shot inside the apartment," said Sgt. Matthew Sanford.

Neighbors didn't know what was happening.

"When you saw so many police officers you know something is bad. I didn't expect it to be this bad," said a neighbor who wished not to be identified.

"A bunch of police showed up and there was like tape all over the stairs and stuff," Machuca said.

For hours police collected evidence, poured over the shooting scene, and interviewed family members; while neighbors wonder what happened.

"The little kid was always playing tag around here or soccer. he would always say 'hi' or 'what's up?'," Machuca said.

The incident opened up conversations about gun safety and children.

"Guns shouldn't be allowed. regardless something could go down and someone could get hurt. Little kids could grab one and shoot someone," said neighbor Jose Robledo.

While details are still being gathered, a neighborhood is soaking in the reality that a child has been shot.

This leaves them a little edgy, and is pushing them to be more careful.

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