- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 6, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) - A Bronx man was arrested Tuesday in connection with the shooting of a 5-year-old boy who was struck by a stray bullet while celebrating his birthday with his father.

Michael Quiles, 27, was arrested on charges of attempted murder in Monday’s shooting in the Morrisania section of the Bronx. Information on his lawyer wasn’t immediately available.

Police said Quiles has 10 prior arrests, including for assault, criminal possession of a weapon and marijuana.

Quiles was in a dispute with two other men outside a building when he pulled out a handgun and fired at least four shots, according to police.

One of the bullets struck the boy in the head as he was being walked to a waiting car after visiting his father.

“I heard the shot and looked out the window, and I saw the little boy fall,” witness Dejion Taylor told WABC-TV. “It caught me off guard. … He was just laying in the street.”

The boy’s father rushed him to a nearby hospital. He was later taken to New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where he was listed in critical but stable condition.

Police were still reviewing surveillance video recovered at the scene. They said the boy was not the intended target.

A prayer vigil was held for the boy Tuesday night, and neighbors left messages of love and concern outside of his apartment building.

Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio called the shooting “absolutely heartbreaking.”

“The city’s prayers are with him and the doctors working to save his life,” de Blasio tweeted shortly after the shooting.

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