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HAMMOND, La. -- A seven-year-old boy is recovering after being hit in the hip by a bullet from a drive-by shootingWednesday, according to the Hammond Police Department.

Around 6 p.m., a mother and her son were riding a with a man while driving on South Morrison Boulevard. The mother said she was in the front passenger seat of the vehicle when a blue Dodge pickup truck began following closely, according to police.

As their vehicle passed a convenience store in the 1200 block, the truck pulled along side the vehicle and then the passenger side window shattered, the mother said, but she didn't realize immediately what had caused the window to shatter.

'She said that they continued southbound on south Morrison and then got on I-55 southbound and said that the truck did not pursue them. She said they exited at the Ponchatoula exit and stopped at the Kangaroo store off the interstate when they realized that her seven-year-old son sitting in the back seat was shot in the hip,' said Lt. Vincent Giannobile, a spokesman for the police.

She said she called police after realizing her son had been hit by the bullet, and then drove the injured boy to North Oaks Hospital emergency room. The boy is in stable condition, according to police.

Police are looking for a two-door dark blue Dodge pickup truck, unknown year, and that had two men inside. Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers of Tangipahoa or the Hammond Police Department at 985-277- 5743.

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