Man arrested in Bronx sidewalk shooting that nearly struck children: police

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MOUNT EDEN, the Bronx — A man who opened fire on a Bronx sidewalk, injuring his intended victim while nearly shooting two young children, has been arrested, the NYPD announced Friday.

WATCH: Police give an update just hours after announcing the arrest of a man who opened fire in the Bronx, injuring a man and nearly shooting 2 children.

According to police, Michael Lopez, 27, now faces a slew of charges including attempted murder, assault, criminal possession of a weapon, use of a firearm, reckless endangerment, attempted reckless endangerment and more. Lopez was found at his stepfather’s house in Harlem. He has five prior arrests and is on parole for an attempted murder for which he was arrested in 2014.

The Manhattan man has five prior arrests, including for robbery, attempted murder and criminal possession of a weapon, authorities said. His most recent arrest was in 2020.

Police believe Lopez is a member of the Make It Happen Boys gang.

The NYPD is expected to announce more information on the arrest at a press conference Friday.

The arrest comes after authorities released an image last Saturday of the man they were looking for in connection to the shooting that shocked the city.

According to police, Lopez walked up and opened fire on a 24-year-old man on Sheridan Avenue, in the Mouth Eden section, on the evening of June 17.

Video of the incident shows two children, a 5-year-old boy and 10-year-old girl, caught up in the dangerous melee.

Miraculously, neither of the children were wounded amid the chaos.

The victim suffered gunshot wounds to the back and both legs, and was taken to a nearby hospital by private means, police said at the time.

Police say they are still looking for an accomplice of Lopez in connection with the shooting.

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