An 8-year-old Detroit boy was shot and killed Wednesday while lying in bed, authorities said, and police are interviewing a "person of interest" in the case.
Detroit Police Sgt. Michael Woody, a department spokesman, told the Los Angeles Times that officers found the boy suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest around 1:15 a.m. local time.
An unknown gunman fired at least four shots at the house where the victim lived alone with his mother, striking the child in the chest while he lay in bed, Woody said.
He said officers immediately began to do CPR and that the victim was then rushed to Children's Hospital of Michigan, where he died a short time later.
Police said investigators believe that the shooter was targeting the home, but did not say why. No one else was injured in the incident, authorities said.
Investigators said they are interviewing a "person of interest" in the case. The man, who did not turn himself into police, has a relationship to the victim's family, Woody said.
"He's being questioned but he is not a suspect as of yet," Woody said.
Detroit has been beset by violence and a budget crisis that has left the city locked in a lengthy bankruptcy procedure.
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