An 8-year-old boy was shot in the shoulder on Tuesday night as he stood in front of a bodega in the Bronx, the police said.
At about 8 p.m., a man on a bicycle sped by and fired one shot into a small group standing outside a bodega at 1741 Randall Avenue in the Clason Point section, the authorities and witnesses said.
The boy, whose name was not released, did not appear to be the target of the shooting, the authorities said. He was taken to Jacobi Medical Center, where he was in stable condition.
Samuel Calcano, 39, an employee at the store, said he was at the cash register, near the door, when he heard a loud popping sound outside.
“I thought it came from a car,’’ Mr. Calcano said. “We were all wondering, ‘What was that noise?’ ” Mr. Calcano said the shooter sped by so quickly that it did not appear that a specific person could have been the target.
No arrests had been made in the case as of late Tuesday night, the police said. The victim, Mr. Calcano said, “was just standing around with some other kids.’’ Groups of young people often congregate outside the liquor store, Mr. Calcano said, adding that there had been other violent episodes there in the past.
“The young kids in the gangs are always hanging out on the corner,’’ he said. “Unfortunately, this is a bad area, so it’s something common.’’