Detroit — A mother and toddler were shot on the city’s east side Sunday evening after an argument over neighborhood dogs, police said.

A 19-year-old man was arrested at the scene on the 19300 block of Pelkey following the dispute at about 7:15 p.m. over the suspect’s and his neighbors’ dogs, said Detroit police Sgt. Cassandra Lewis.

Police said a 24-year-old woman and her 2-year-old were “innocent victims” in the shooting. Both received non-life-threatening injuries and were treated at a local hospital.

“The shooter saw his neighbor assaulting his dog, but they were trying to get his pit bull away from (their) dog,” Lewis said. “The shooter starts shooting at the neighbors, and they all take off running.”

But the accounts of those involved differed from those of police.

Takisha McCray, who told The Detroit News that she is the mother of the 19-year-old who was arrested, said her son was only defending her from their neighbor’s son. That man started shooting at the family first, she said, when the argument over their dogs escalated. McCray said she was shot in the arm and treated at the scene.

“If I wouldn’t have run behind my car, I would be dead,” said McCray.

Lewis said two other victims were shot at but uninjured. The brothers, one 23 and the other whose age police did not release, were the intended shooting targets, Lewis said.

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