Norwalk man suspected of shooting 7-year-old boy at park

NORWALK — Sheriff’s officials jailed a 21-year-old gang member Thursday on suspicion of shooting a 7-year-old boy who was playing at a Norwalk park, authorities said.
Sheriff’s gang investigators arrested Charles German Vera of Norwalk about 11 a.m. as he was driving with his mother on the 5 Freeway in Norwalk, sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
He is suspected of shooting and wounding a 7-year-old boy who was playing at about 7:40 p.m. Wednesday evening at Hollyfield Park in Norwalk, officials said.
The boy was hospitalized in stable condition with a gunshot wound to the torso following the shooting, and remained in stable condition Thursday, officials said.
The boy was believed to have been shot by a stray bullet fired during an argument between gang members across the street from the park, Lt. Bill Evans said shortly after the shooting.
Vera was booked on suspicion of attempted murder and was being held in lieu of $1 million bail, sheriff’s officials said.

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