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UPDATE: Toddler shot on Walnut Street, father arrested

Rochester Police are investigating a "serious incident involving the injury of a child" that happened early Friday afternoon. (WHAM photo)

UPDATE: Rochester Police have identified the child injured on Walnut Street Friday.

Two-year-old Zayden Phillips is said to be in guarded condition after being shot at 24 Walnut Street.

Police say, after executing a search warrant on 24 Walnut Street, a handgun was recovered.

Investigators have arrested 36-year-old Charles Timothy Phillips, Zayden's father, in connection with the case. He has been charged with first degree assault and second degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Zayden is currently listed in guarded condition at Strong Memorial Hospital.

13WHAM will provide updates as they become available.

Original story:

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - Family members tell 13WHAM News that a toddler was shot inside a home in Rochester early Friday afternoon.

Rochester Police are investigating on Walnut Street, which is located between Jay and Campbell Streets.

Officers said they were called to the street around 12:20 p.m. for a "serious incident involving the injury of a child."

Phyllis Green, an aunt of the child who was shot, tells 13WHAM News that the child is a toddler.

"He's a sweet little boy," Green said. "From what I understand I believe he was in the house with his father."

The boy was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital, according to Green. Officials at Strong Memorial Hospital confirmed the boy is in guarded condition as of 2:30 p.m. Friday.

Rochester Police Investigator Frank Camp was tight-lipped in an initial media briefing, saying the case is "complicated" and that investigators were in the process of notifying family members.

Lt. Camp stressed the scene is contained and there is no danger to the public.

Police were unable to comment on where this happened, who may be involved, or if there was a weapon involved.

"We are in the beginning stages of a complex investigation and we will leave no stone unturned," Lt. Camp said. "When we can give you more information, we will do so."

13WHAM News will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

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