(WTNH) — A 12-year-old New Haven boy was wounded in the chest after being caught in the crossfire of a shootout in Puerto Rico.
The boy, Jayden Ortiz, a student at Roberto Clemente Leadership Academy, was spending the summer in Coamo, Puerto Rico with his grandparents.
On Wednesday, July 24th, the boy and his family were at a gas station re-fueling their vehicles with gas when the incident happened.
He is listed in critical but stable condition and will be taking a medical flight for treatment at Yale-New Haven Hospital.
The boy’s father, Carlos Ortiz Jr., says he dropped everything and flew from Connecticut to Puerto Rico to be with his son.
He spoke to us by phone from the boy’s bedside.
“That’s my only son and I just, we’re praying for him to recover fast.”
Jayden attends New Haven’s Roberto Clemente Academy. His family says he loves basketball and walking the family dog.
They’re just hoping he can resume those activities soon.We’re told that Jayden Ortiz is showing signs of improving.
The family has posted a GoFundMe page here.