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Shots fired into store hit toddler and woman

Essdras M Suarez/ Globe StaffBoston police outside O.M. May Liquors, where a woman and a child were injured by shots fired through the shop window. Essdras M Suarez/ Globe StaffBoston police outside O.M. May Liquors, where a woman and a child were injured by shots fired through the shop window. (Essdras M Suarez/ Globe Staff)
By John M. Guilfoil
Globe Correspondent / May 15, 2009
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A woman and a toddler were wounded by gunfire last night inside a liquor store in Dorchester, police said.

Boston police officers walking on patrol in the neighborhood reported hearing several gunshots about 7:30 and saw a young man running down Bowdoin Street. They chased and caught the man a short distance away, arresting him and seizing a gun, police said. The unidentified suspect was being held last night.

Police said it appeared that the shooter had fired through a window of O.M. May Liquors, striking the woman in the leg and hitting the child, said to be about 2 years old, in the left side.

Both victims were taken to Boston Medical Center and treated for injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening, said police Superintendent Rafael Ruiz. Police would not provide the victims' names.

Earnest Apponte, 49, of Dorchester, said he was standing outside a market nearby when the shooting occurred.

"A guy ran by me, and out of nowhere he started shooting," Apponte said. "He pulled the gun out of [his waist]. He shot the baby, he shot the lady, and everything. I went inside and ducked. He came out and started running" down the street.

Apponte said the suspect was short and looked no older than 16 or 17.

"I saw the lady," Apponte said. "She was holding the baby, and the baby was screaming."

John M. Guilfoil can be reached at jguilfoil@globe.com.