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Cleveland cops say the 4-year-old was in his mother's auto around midnight Monday when she honked her vehicle's horn at another auto as she attempted to pass it.

The boy's mother was driving around 12 a.m. when she honked her horn to pass a vehicle. Eight shots were fired, four of which hit Hill's vehicle, and one of them hit her 4-year-old son in the head.

Cleveland police say the boy was conscious and breathing when he was taken to the hospital for surgery to remove bullet fragments.

The boy's mother, who has not been named, was driving with her son and seven-year-old daughter in the auto when she came across a vehicle blocking an intersection in Cleveland, Ohio.

She said two men were inside the auto and at least one of them shot at her on the interstate near Dead Man's Curve, police said. As she passed by, the driver followed her close to Dead Man's Curve, where someone in the vehicle began firing shots at her.

Cleveland EMS took the 4-year-old to University Hospital's Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital. She exited the highway at East 55th Street and called for help.

Two black men were in the Pontiac, but other than that, witnesses didn't give further explanation. Police said the child is conscience and listed in serious condition.