SANTA ANA ( — A 7-year-old boy has been hospitalized after being shot in the leg in Santa Ana, authorities said Sunday.

The incident occurred late Saturday evening in the 2600 block of S. Towner Street, KNX 1070’s Jon Baird reports.

The boy was in the backseat of a sport utility vehicle that was being driven by his father when the boy’s father and uncle, who was in the front passenger seat, reportedly noticed a car following them.

They slowed to allow the car to pass, police said.

“They noticed that the passenger brandished a weapon out the window at which time the suspect began firing at the vehicle,” a police commander told Baird.

He said the suspect fired multiple rounds at the vehicle.

“One of the rounds went through the right rear door of the passenger vehicle. The victim vehicle. That round struck the child in the leg,” he said.

The child is expected to recover.

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