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El Paso man arrested for shooting wall, hitting 7-year-old neighbor’s head

Update: El Paso Police say that Gang Units were called out to the shooting. They say the call initially came in as "aggravated assault and family violence in progress."

Police officials add that officers had to search for Hernandez before they arrested him about a block away from the apartment where the shooting happened.

Investigators say that three children were sleeping in the adjacent bedroom. Court documents indicate that only one of the children were injured.

UPDATE: According to an affidavit obtained by ABC-7 after the publication of this article, the child survived his injuries. After initial examination revealed shotgun pellets on the victim's head, he was taken to the hospital to ensure none of the pellets were lodged in his skull.

EL PASO, Texas (KVIA) -- An El Paso man is behind bars after shooting through a wall, causing a bullet to hit a 7-year-old boy in the head on Wednesday.

During 28-year-old Robert Hernandez's bond hearing Friday, investigators stated that Hernandez and his girlfriend had been arguing over a shotgun when the trigger was pulled, firing a round through the wall and hitting one of three children sleeping in the next apartment over.

Court documents show that El Paso Police were dispatched to 4525 Sunrise around 2 a.m. When they arrived, they saw Hernandez, who was drunk and carrying a handgun. Hernandez is charged with deadly conduct by discharging a firearm, and because he was intoxicated, with unlawful carrying of a weapon.

Hernandez is currently being held on a $110,000 bond. A judge denied his request for a bond reduction Friday.

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