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UPDATE: Tips coming in as Waterloo Police investigate shooting

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Witnesses and neighbors gather at a house on Mulberry Street in Waterloo where a 4-year-old boy was shot Thursday afternoon. (Bob Waters, KWWL) Witnesses and neighbors gather at a house on Mulberry Street in Waterloo where a 4-year-old boy was shot Thursday afternoon. (Bob Waters, KWWL)
A Waterloo Police officer investigates the scene at the Vinton and Mulberry intersection. (Bob Waters, KWWL) A Waterloo Police officer investigates the scene at the Vinton and Mulberry intersection. (Bob Waters, KWWL)
The scene at Mulberry and Vinton streets in Waterloo on Thursday afternoon. (Zach Grant, KWWL) The scene at Mulberry and Vinton streets in Waterloo on Thursday afternoon. (Zach Grant, KWWL)
Waterloo Police add evidence markers to the intersection of Mulberry and Vinton streets April 2 in Waterloo. (Zach Grant, KWWL) Waterloo Police add evidence markers to the intersection of Mulberry and Vinton streets April 2 in Waterloo. (Zach Grant, KWWL)
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WATERLOO (KWWL) - Waterloo Police say they took quite a few calls overnight as they continue to investigate the shooting of a 4-year-old boy.

The child was hit by a stray bullet as he played inside a Mulberry Street home on Thursday afternoon.

The boy is in the hospital and is expected to survive.

Police would not go into more details about the tip calls they've been receiving.

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Waterloo Police are investigating a shooting that came from outside and injured a 4-year-old child inside a Mulberry Street home, and they now say the house was likely not even the intended target of the shooting.

Police tell KWWL that they were called to the area of 1641 Mulberry Street at 1:49 p.m. Thursday.

When police arrived, they discovered a bullet went through the exterior wall of the home, and a four-year-old boy inside the home was struck in the abdomen, according to Capt. Dave Mohlis with Waterloo Police.

"It does kind of make it more outrageous, because we're talking about an innocent 4-year-old child that was playing in his house and was shot," said Mohlis. "This shouldn't happen."

Witnesses at the scene confirmed to KWWL's Bob Waters that a 4-year-old boy was injured inside the home and was going into surgery.

"I was right next to him," said the boy's aunt, Loreal Lester. "He was playing with his cars on the table and the bullet went between the two windows and it hit him in the stomach."

The 4-year-old had been brought in to Allen Hospital and went into surgery Thursday afternoon, according to Allen spokesman Jim Waterbury.

Police and hospital officials said Thursday afternoon the boy was out of surgery and in stable condition.

Police say the boy is expected to survive.

Witnesses also told us they heard the shots fired, and saw a vehicle leave the scene.

"I heard shots as I was letting my dog outside, so then I came back inside, then I heard the car -- so I came outside and they drove right past me," said neighbor and the boy's cousin, Marquan Briner. "I look down there, and I see everybody out here, and I'm like, 'I hope that ain't that corner house, 'cause that's my little cousin's crib' -- my little cousin's staying there. And as I come down there, they're putting my little cousin in the ambulance car."

Police say they were still interviewing witnesses and processing the crime scene Thursday afternoon. KWWL crews observed crime scene tape being taken down by Thursday just before 5 p.m.

Mohlis said preliminary indications show the house was not the intended target of the shooting.

Cedar Valley Crimestoppers announced they were offering a "cash reward" for information or tips on the shooting Thursday afternoon. Tipsters can remain anonymous and call 855-300-8477, or text the word CEDAR and the information to 274637, or visit cvcrimestop.com

Those with information can also call Waterloo Police at 319-291-4340, ext. 7.

Related story: http://www.kwwl.com/story/28715101/2015/04/03/police-confirm-name-of-4-year-old-shooting-victim

Bob Waters, Michael Crowe, Amie Steffeneicher and Jerry Gallagher contributed to this report.
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