A 16-year-old girl who was walking home innocently became the latest victim of New York’s spiraling gun crisis when she was killed outside a high school in the South Bronx on Friday as she and two other teenagers were hit in the crossfire of a shooting by “brazen criminals”. .”
The 1.45pm bloodshed, which came a week after an innocent 12-year-old was killed in a shooting in Brooklyn, left onlookers horrified and disgusted – and wondering when the carnage would end.
“We bury our future and we don’t even know it. It’s so sad,” said the supervisor of a building near the South Bronx Educational Campus on East 156th Street, where Friday’s shooting took place.
The violence began when a man began to ‘gesture at someone’ across the street, pulled out a gun and started shooting as schoolchildren walked nearby after class said NYPD Chief Timothy McCormack of Detective Borough of the Bronx.
The three students were unwitting targets, police sources said.
The girl, who has not yet been identified, was shot in the chest and is a student at University Prep Charter High School, which is about a block from the scene, sources said.
The other two teenagers who were shot, a man and a woman, are both 16 years old and attend Mott Haven Village Preparatory High School and University Heights High School, which is in the educational campus, a said the Ministry of Education.
They are expected to survive.
Hector, an UberEats delivery driver, witnessed what led to the shooting. “I saw another individual coming down the hill on 156th. This individual came down the hill and stood on the corner. He had the gun,” he told the Post.
“All they did was go back and forth saying, ‘Suck my dick,’ ‘You fucking bitch,’ ‘Fuck you,’ ‘Fuck you,’ and all that foolery. ”
Hector got on his bike and drove off, but when he heard six shots he turned around and came back.
“The moment I came back I saw the little girl literally on the doorstep. She was already dead. It’s crazy. They were giving her CPR,” Hector recalled.
“They stopped because it was too late, she was dead.”
The building manager said the mother of the slain girl, who had been punched in the chest, had arrived at the scene.
“The mother was screaming hysterically. The police were holding her down,” he told the Post. “I felt his pain in his cry. There is nothing louder than a mother’s cry.
He then added, in tears: “We bury our future and we don’t even know it. It’s so sad. ”
NYPD Commissioner Keechant denounced the murder.
“A young woman with a bright future…along with two other teenagers was shot in the streets of the Bronx. Early in our investigation, it appears the brazen criminals opened fire during an argument. What I can say with confidence is that NYPD detectives will work tirelessly to bring those responsible to justice,” she said during a press briefing at the scene.
McCormack said the suspect was standing at the southeast corner of E. 156 Street and Saint Ann Avenue when he began “waving at someone” across the street .
“The gentleman on the east side of the street pulls out a gun and discharges his gun in a westerly direction,” the chief explained.
The suspect, believed to be in his twenties, jumped into a vehicle and fled.
Heartbreaking video from the scene shows officers quickly performing chest compressions on one of the victims, who was smeared in the street with blood pooling around her.
Another video appears to show one of the teenagers lying on the pavement and holding his leg.
The fatal shooting is just the latest in a string of incidents that have killed or injured children across the city this year from stray bullets.
Last Thursday, 12-year-old Kade Lewin was killed when a stray bullet hit him in the head while he was sitting in a parked car with two parents in Brooklyn and on March 25, a 3-year-old girl was was hit as she was leaving. her daycare but miraculously survived.
Days earlier, a 7-year-old girl had been grazed by a stray bullet while standing with her mother at a Coney Island intersection and in January, a Bronx baby just days shy of her first birthday received a shot in the face while strapped to a car seat in his mother’s vehicle.
Children were not the only victims.
Around 7 p.m. Monday night, Juana Esperanza Soriano De-Perdomo, 61, was walking on East 188th Street near Grand Concourse when she was fatally hit by a stray bullet, cops said.
On January 2, Jennifer Ynoa, 36, and her one-year-old pit bull Blue, were killed inside a Brooklyn bodega after Namel Colon allegedly opened fire at an intended target in the inside the store and would have missed it.
On Wednesday, the NYPD released new data for March that showed major crimes in most categories, including shootings and felony assaults, were up 36% and eclipsed pre-pandemic numbers.
Shootings rose 16.2% in March and on Sunday the NYPD recorded 332 gun violence victims – a 14.5% increase from the same period in 2021 and an average rate of nearly four victims per day , according to the data.
Compared to pre-pandemic levels in 2019, shootings in March were up 69% while felony assaults jumped 22.5%.
“I think the commissioner has been clear she will not condone the violence that is taking place in the Bronx or anywhere in New York City,” McCormack said.
“Our borough commanders in each borough are deploying their resources appropriately and will champion the safety of all individuals in New York City.”
Schools Chancellor David Banks called the incident a “despicable act of violence”.
“As a father of four, I can only imagine the immense pain these families are going through today. These three children join dozens of other students who have experienced gun violence in our city this year,” Banks said.
“I fully support Mayor Adams as he strives to rid our city of this violence, bring peace to our neighborhoods and bring healing to these school communities.”
A press secretary for Mayor Adams said he was made aware of the situation.
“Unfortunately, there was a triple shooting of three youths in the Bronx. Details are still coming, but @NYCMaire was informed of the information available. He had already left Yankee Stadium when he was informed of the shooting,” wrote Fabien Levy.
Additional reporting by Joe Marino, Tina Moore, Larry Celona and Cayla Bamberger