BUFFALO, N.Y. -- An 8-year-old boy fighting for his life after he was shot on South Division in Buffalo Thursday night was injured in a gang-related shooting, according to police in Buffalo.
Buffalo police are calling on the community to help find those responsible the shooting. Donnell Bibbes remains in critical condition Friday afternoon after being rushed to Women and Children's Hospital.
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and the police said it appears the act of violence was gang-related. They say the older brothers of Donnell were likely the intended targets.
The three brothers and their mother were sitting in their car in the 400 block of South Division Street around 10 Thursday night when 10 to 15 shots rang out, hitting the car several times and ultimately hitting Donnell in the head.
The incident happened right in front of the Buffalo Elementary School for Technology, which was a cause for concern to many parents in the neighborhood.
Police said while the location of the shooting is troubling, they're concerned about all of the recent violence against children in the city.
"It's a concern anywhere it happens, this happened after 10 o'clock last night so the school becomes irrelevant. Anywhere it happens is unacceptable. The violence where an 8-year-old gets struck in the head and, as the reporter said, an 11-year-old few weeks earlier, unacceptable cannot tolerate and we need people to step forward and let us know what they know," said Buffalo Police Department Commissioner Daniel Darenda.
Donnell's mother released a statement:
"Our family would like to thank everyone for their concern and prayer for Donnell. At this time, we have asked for our privacy. Please continue to pray for him as he fights to recover."
Police are offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to an arrest.
Anyone with information should call or text the Confidential TIPCALL Line. That number is 716-847-2255.