WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said a man, woman and two children were in a car on Quail Drive in West Palm Beach when an unknown male entered that vehicle and a fight broke out.
A gun somehow went off during that altercation and the bullet hit an 18-month-old boy, investigators said.
The family of I’zarion Collins said the child was moved to intensive care unit at St. Mary’s Medical Center after emergency surgery. The child later died Thursday morning.
“Praying he’ll pull through this,” said the boy’s aunt, Sherrie Payton. “I believe he will though. I believe he’ll be okay.”
Payton described the moments after she says her nephew was shot, seeing the toddler lifeless in his mother’s arms.
“All I seen was him laying on her chest as if he was asleep and I seen the hole in his back,” she said. That hole, Payton said, was from a bullet that went through the toddler’s stomach.
The family says Collins was riding in a car with his mother through the Quailwood apartment complex Wednesday afternoon when he was hit.
“I couldn’t even cry, looking at him like that,” Payton said. “I was shocked that I couldn’t even respond.” Payton said her nephew had to undergo emergency surgery and had to have a kidney removed.
Investigators said the occupants of the vehicle then fled immediately to Good Samaritan Medical Center to get the boy medical attention. But paramedics then rushed the boy to the trauma center at St. Mary’s.
A blue car, believed to the boy’s mother’s vehicle, was surrounded by crime scene tape in the parking lot for hours.
Investigators have yet to identify any suspects or make any arrests. A Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office spokesperson said the investigation is still active.