13-year-old girl hit by stray bullet while sitting on Brooklyn park bench

BEDFORD-STUYVESANT, Brooklyn — A 13-year-old girl is the latest innocent victim of gunfire this summer, after she was shot and seriously injured near a Brooklyn playground on Wednesday night, police said.

This child was sitting on a park bench outside St. Andrew’s Park in Bed-Stuy, at the corner of Herkimer Street and St. Andrew’s Place, enjoying a perfect summer night.

Police said she heard the shots, then felt a searing pain in her left shoulder, and realized she’d been hit.

The girl was rushed to a local hospital in serious condition, a police official said, but she is expected to recover.

"I was walking through the park last night and heard what I thought was firecrackers. And then I wanted to run. I wanted to flee, but I didn’t know which way to run. It was a paralyzing feeling,” witness Ebony Alfred recounted to PIX11's Kirstin Cole.

Police do not believe the girl was the intended target.

Eleven bystanders have been shot by stray bullets since the beginning of June, five of them children.

Some of the other victims of gunfire in recent months include two elderly women sitting inside their home, an 11-year-old boy who missed his fifth grade graduation after being struck in the spine, and a Harlem man simply walking his dog.

No arrests have been made. Police describe the alleged shooter as a teenage boy wearing green pants and a white shirt.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting http://www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

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