Exclusive: Mother of 15-year-old shot near Bronx playground speaks to PIX11

THE BRONX — The mother of a 15-year-old shot near a Bronx playground spoke exclusively to PIX11, after a 16-year-old was arrested in connection to the shooting.

"If she hears a bang... something falls, she jumps out of her sleep," the mother said to PIX11.

The girl was shot in her left hip while she was walking with a group of friends at Manor Avenue and East 173rd Street, near Playground 174, around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, police said. She was hospitalized, and is expected to survive.

A 16-year-old Bronx boy has been arrested, and faces charges of attempted murder, reckless endangerment, criminal possession of a weapon and assault, according to police. He was seen in surveillance video running away from the scene.

The mother tells PIX11 the gunman was since released to his parents.

"The detective called me and told me that he was arrested... I was content with it," the mother said. "But when he called me this morning and told me that he was released, it upset me because he hurt my daughter."

Following the shooting, police released images of two people they said were sought in connection. It is not clear if anyone is still being sought, or if the arrested teen is one of the two.

"I want justice for her," the mother said.

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