BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) -- An 8-year-old boy was killed Wednesday afternoon after he was struck by a car in a grocery store parking lot, Buffalo Police officials said.
The boy has been identified as 8-year-old Richard Colon of Buffalo. Eyewitnesses said he was leaving the Tops Market on Niagara Street near downtown Buffalo when a car backed into him.
"As soon as we came out, the little boy handed the gentleman that he was with a scratch-off. I guess he dropped the scratch-off or whatever," said Brittany Farmer, who witnessed the incident.
"As soon as the little boy turned around -- the car backed right up into him, crushing him into the wall," she said.
It happened during the busy noon hour with dozens of people in the store's parking lot.
Some rushed to help the boy while others chased after the driver, who tried to get away, witnesses said.
"He seemed like he was trying to hit everything on his way out," said Shawna Edwards, who helped to pull the unidentified driver from the car.
Some witnesses reported seeing people punching and physically restraining the man before police arrived and took him into custody.
A group of Buffalo Firefighters were shopping in the store at the time of the incident and provided medical attention to the boy within seconds.
He was rushed to Women and Children's Hospital where he was pronounced dead upon arrival.
Charges are pending against the driver, a police spokesman said.