Boy, 3, shot dead by armed gang in brutal ‘revenge attack’ against his uncle

A toddler was shot dead in a suspected revenge attack on his uncle by a neighbourhood gang.

Little three-year-old Benjamin Inigo, died after being shot in the chest in the Argentine town of Gonzalez Catan in the Greater Buenos Aires metropolitan area at around midnight on December 26.

Two men reportedly opened fire on the family house after stepping out of a grey Ford Focus which they sped off in as the boy's relatives called the emergency services.

Benjamin died of his injuries in hospital.

The boy's grandmother, 61-year-old Josefa Monserrat, survived a gunshot wound in the leg which she received successful treatment for in hospital.

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The victim's uncle told the police that the shots were fired at him after a local gang attempted to steal a motorbike from a neighbour's house.

He revealed he traded insults with three young men who passed by on motorbikes while he was drinking on the pavement with friends on December 24.

According to the uncle, one of the gang members – two of whom he claimed to recognise – said they "would return for revenge" and fired warning shots to intimidate him.

The police believe the group opened fire at Cristian when they recognised him outside his house during an attempted robbery.

However, they ended up hitting Benjamin and his grandmother who had come to the front door.

The police said they are still searching for the suspects, who they have identified and are wanted for homicide.

They have also revealed that the car they were driving was stolen hours earlier in the nearby town of Gregorio de Laferrere.

Family member Laura Inigo wrote on Facebook: "Three years old, a whole life ahead… Your departure hurts so much, my love… Justice for Benja!"

A march demanding justice for the young victim took place at 5pm on 27th December on the block where the crime took place.

The investigation is ongoing and no arrests have yet been made.

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