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Troy shooting leaves 12-year-old boy paralyzed, mother says

March 10, 2021 GMT

TROY, N.Y. (AP) — A 12-year-old New York boy is paralyzed below the waist after he was shot through a window by a man who had a “beef” with his older brother, the boy’s mother says.

Seventh-grader M.J. Rivera had finished his virtual school day on Monday and was sweeping the floor when a black vehicle pulled up outside his family’s house in Troy, the Times Union reported.

A passenger took out a gun and fired at the house, police said. One bullet broke a window, pierced the living room couch and struck M.J. in the back, the boy’s mother, Jona Rivera, told the newspaper.

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The mother said the bullet lodged in M.J.’s spine, leaving him paralyzed below the waist. “It’s just sad to see your child laying there helpless,” she said.

Troy police are still investigating the shooting. Jona Rivera said the suspects are a group of young men who have a “beef over trivial things” with her 23-year-old son, Francisco Rivera, who was arrested Tuesday on a weapons charge.

The mother said she disputes the nature of the charge and the high bail of $50,000 set for Franicsco, who was not home at the time of the shooting. “Now I gotta go see one kid in jail and go try to bail him out, and go see the other one in the hospital,” she said.