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3-year-old fatally shot in Allentown is identified as investigation continues

A 3-year-old boy died from his injuries after being shot Thursday in Allentown’s East Side, according to authorities.

City police said in a news release that officers responded about noon to a residence in the 900 block of East Hamilton Street for a report of a shooting. Officers found the toddler suffering from a gunshot wound and provided first aid to him.

The boy was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, where he died from his injuries, according to Lehigh County Coroner Daniel A. Buglio.

Police said there is no danger to the community. An autopsy is scheduled for 8 a.m. Friday.

Allentown Mayor Matt Tuerk responded to the shooting with a statement Friday afternoon.

“I’m completely stunned to learn of the loss of a young life on the east side of Allentown. My heart goes out to his family as they grapple with something that is truly impossible to comprehend,” Tuerk said.

The mayor went on to urge residents to protect the community from guns.

“The details are still coming together, but one thing that I understand clearly is that a gun is at the center of the story,” Tuerk said. “I’m urging everyone in Allentown to take all necessary action to protect our community from harm. Enough is enough.”

The Lehigh County Homicide Task Force, the Lehigh County district attorney’s office and the Lehigh County coroner’s office are assisting in the investigation.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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