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JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — A toddler struck in the face by a stray bullet while sitting in his family's parked car has undergone surgery and is expected to recover fully, relatives said.
The shooting happened Saturday afternoon outside a Jersey City post office, where the boy's mother was getting a package.
Authorities were trying to determine what led to the gunfire. They said 1-year-old Mina Beshay was sitting in the backseat when a gunshot shattered a window and struck him. His 5-year-old sister and their father also were in the vehicle but weren't injured.
"I was sitting in (the) driver's seat with my daughter and son in the back," the boy's father, Michel Beshay, told The Jersey Journal. "Suddenly, I hear shots, about four or five, tat-tat-tat-tat-tat."
Michel Beshay said his first instinct was to move his car and get his children to safety.
"It was only about two or three seconds, I saw back, 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 as he pointed to his head, eye and chest.
The family moved from Egypt to the United States nearly three years ago. It's not believed that it was the target of the gunfire.
Relatives said the boy had surgery Saturday night to remove a piece of a bullet and glass from his face. The boy was recovering and is expected to head home soon.
No arrests have been made in the shooting.
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