Bullet Grazes Jersey Of Dorchester Boy, 9

A 9-year-old boy narrowly escaped injury yesterday afternoon when a bullet entered his bedroom and ripped a hole through his Celtics jersey.

“The bullet like came really fast, it went right here,” Preston Stevens told WHDH-TV, pointing to an abdomen-level hole in his No. 9 Rajon Rondo jersey. “Then I backed up.”

The unhurt third-grader told WCVB-TV that "he saw smoke and later realized his Celtics shirt was smoking."

WHDH reports that police left the home at 77 Ellington St. in Dorchester today after pulling the bullet from the boy's second-floor bedroom. WCVB reports that police "removed another bullet from the first floor level of the triple-decker."

Police told WCVB they don't believe the family was the target of the shooting.

"I purposely moved my son's bed away from the window for safety and now this happens?" Preston's mother, Sharon Jackson, told WCVB.

To WHDH, she added: “I can’t lose another person in my family." Jamal Jackson, her late brother, was stabbed to death in 1995, WHDH reports.

This program aired on April 18, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.

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