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10-year-old struck when shots fired into home while sleeping, Atlanta Police say

Officers said it happened around 4 a.m. on Tuesday.

ATLANTA — A 10-year-old boy was shot while sleeping in bed on Tuesday morning, according to Atlanta Police.

Officers said it happened around 4 a.m. at a home off Washington Street in the Mechanicsville neighborhood in southwest Atlanta.

11Alive was told that the house that the child was in was shot multiple times from outside on the street – striking the boy in the hand. Several other people, including other children ages five and older, were also inside and asleep.

Residents said they heard about five seconds of gunshots followed by silence.

 "It’s very disturbing that it was an innocent kid," one resident said. 

According to the latest data from the Atlanta Police Department, there have been 24 aggravated assaults this month in Zone 3 near, where the shooting took place. In all of Atlanta, there have been 153 aggravated assaults. 

People in the area said the gun violence is out of control. 

"I mean, it’s outrageous – how they just don’t think about anything. They just drive by," another resident said. "They do all kind of shooting, shooting up houses and stuff. It's just not right." 

Right now, details on the incident are limited. However, we have learned from police that the child was taken to the hospital for treatment.

There is no word right now on any suspects.

This is a developing story. Check back often for new information.

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