Published Monday, 16 June 2014
Police in the Republic of Ireland are investigating the incident. (© UTV)
Sean Scully was shot in the Ballyfermot area of Dublin on Friday night.
It's believed the child was injured after men pushed open the door of a house in the area and shot into the hallway.
Gardaí said they do not believe the boy was the intended target of the incident and are investigating a specific line of enquiry.
Officers administered first aid when they arrived at the scene and the boy was rushed to Our Lady's Hospital, Crumlin for treatment.
A man in his 30s is being questioned by gardai on suspicion of withholding information.
A child psychologist is helping the boy's friends come to terms with what happened and his family are maintaining a vigil at the child's bedside.
Father Gerry O'Connor said: "A six-year-old's body is not made for taking a bullet and the best of doctors say you have to give some time to fully assess how things will be for Sean, but we are hopeful and he is stable.
"I have been with the family and that's the message they would like to go out, that they are hopeful Sean will do well."
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