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Police: Celebratory Gunfire Wounds Florida Boy, 12

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A Pakistani paramedic treats an injured boy at the hospital following a car bomb blast in Quetta on December 30, 2011. (Photo credit: BANARAS KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

A Pakistani paramedic treats an injured boy at the hospital following a car bomb blast in Quetta on December 30, 2011. (Photo credit: BANARAS KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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RUSKIN, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say celebratory gunfire falling from the sky critically injured a 12-year-old Tampa Bay-area boy.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office says the boy’s family was sitting outside their Ruskin home around 1 a.m. Sunday and watching fireworks.

Sheriff’s office spokesman Larry McKinnon says the boy’s mother saw him fall to the ground, bleeding from his nose and eyes. She drove him to a hospital, where doctors determined he had suffered a gunshot wound from a bullet that entered the top of his head.

McKinnon says the boy remains hospitalized in Tampa in critical condition with the bullet still in his head.

Detectives say no one nearby had been firing a gun. The sheriff’s office says the boy apparently was struck by celebratory gunfire that could have been fired miles away.

 Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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