According to the account of the chief of police of New York (NYPD), Keechant Sewell, delivered during a brief press briefing on the spot, the young woman was returning from her school in the Bronx, in the north of Manhattan, accompanied by another 16-year-old girl and a 17-year-old boy.
At a crossroads, a man on foot was arguing with an individual on the opposite sidewalk, when he pulled out a gun and fired repeatedly, according to Ms Sewell, who blasted the behavior of
The first teenager was hit in the chest and the other two in the leg and buttocks. The three youngsters were taken to hospital, but the most seriously injured, who should have
a bright futuredied, denounced the head of the NYPD.
The other two are hospitalized in stable condition.
There were no arrests, but police have CCTV footage and have promised that those responsible will be brought to justice.
This is the second time in a week in New York that young people have been victims of stray bullets fired in the middle of the street by armed individuals: on March 31, a 12-year-old boy was killed in Brooklyn while he was eating in a parked car with an injured 20-year-old woman and an 8-year-old girl, safe and sound.
New York’s new Democratic mayor, Eric Adams, a former police officer, was elected in late 2021 on a platform to fight crime, recidivism and the illegal spread of guns in a megacity of 9 million people whose Crime and misdemeanor statistics have risen sharply since the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
For the first quarter of 2022 – from January 1 to early April – the number of shootings and shootings in New York increased by 260 to 296 compared to the same period in 2021, according to NYPD figures released on Wednesday.