RUSKIN, Fla - What would normally be a day of New Year's celebration inside Diego Duran's home has instead turned to devastation.
His 12-year-old son is in critical condition after he was hit by a stray bullet just an hour into 2012, according to the Hillsborough Sheriff's Office.
Duran was sleeping, when he says his son, also named Diego, was shot. The boy and his family were sitting outside their home at 415 14th Ave SE in Ruskin watching fireworks that were being shot off in the neighborhood.
Around 1 a.m. Diego and his mother Sandra were still outside when she saw him fall to the ground, bleeding from his nose and eyes.
While she didn't realize he had been shot, she was aware that he was suffering from a serious medical issue, so she drove him to South Bay Hospital in Sun City Center, detectives said.
There doctors quickly determined realized Diego had been shot, and that the bullet had entered the top of his head. He was rushed to Tampa General Hospital where he remains in critical condition with the bullet still lodged in his head.
"Somebody shot a gun in the air because they felt brave and hit my son," the elder Duran said.
After talking to the boy's family and neighbors, detectives believe no one in the immediate area had fired a gun.
They believe Diego was hit by celebratory gunfire falling from the sky from a distance that could have been miles away.
Jose Trevino lives near Duran's home and saw authorities here, when he was coming home from ringing in the New Year.
He says it's not uncommon to hear guns going off.
"Since I was young, especially in this area, Wimauma, you know, little kids throw fire crackers. Adults pull their guns," Trevino said.
If you know of anyone in the Ruskin area who may have been firing a weapon to celebrate the New Year, you are urged to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 813-247-8200.
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