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Crime Trackers: Family friend arrested for shooting 7-year-old boy

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A man is behind bars for shooting a 7-year-old boy. The child and his mother were visiting relatives at an apartment complex on South Campbell Avenue on Wednesday.

Detectives said the man was handling a gun inside when it went off.

Francisco Fernandez was booked into jail for aggravated assault and child abuse.

The 7-year-old boy is at a local hospital where he went through surgery. He has been stabilized.

The child is a student at Elvira Elementary School in Sunnyside Unified School District.

Sunnyside school officials said counselors and a crisis team are helping the family and students.

Fernandez was sitting in front of the apartment where the shooting took place. Besides facing charges of aggravated assault, he is a prohibited possessor who should not have had a gun.  There was a felony probation warrant for his arrest on an unrelated case.

According to Arizona Department of Corrections, he was in prison on marijuana charges. He was admitted in 2012, and released two years later.

TPD said 23-year-old Fernandez is the boyfriend of the child's aunt.

Police said as he was handling a gun, a shot was fired and hit the child in the back.

The mother immediately called 911 and took the child downstairs while emergency personnel arrived.

Armando Romero lives in the complex. He said it broke his heart to see the child laying there, injured and crying.

Another resident, who is a father himself, is horrified over what happened.  He asked not to be identified.

"I felt hurt because it's a little kid, 7 years old. He isn’t do nothing. I mean, it's messed up," he said. "Kids are important to society. They need to grow up. They shouldn't be in a situation like this."

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