NEW YORK (PIX11) — A 15-year-old boy was arrested Friday in connection with the fatal shooting of an 11-year-old girl in the Bronx earlier this week, police said.

Khyara Tay was walking into a store near Westchester Avenue and Fox Street Monday evening when she was shot by a stray bullet, police said. Officers dispatched to the scene found Tay with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. She was rushed to the hospital, where she died hours later.

Tay was not the intended target of the shooting, police had said. At a press conference on Friday, officials said the intended target was a 13-year-old boy who was being chased by two people on a scooter.

When the intended target doubled back on Fox toward Westchester Avenue, the passenger on the scooter — identified by police as Matthew Godwin — allegedly opened fire. Tay, who was walking with a family member, was shot and killed.

Police received a tip that led them to the alleged shooter, sources told PIX11 News on Friday. Godwin was charged as an adult, NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig said. The teen is facing charges of murder, manslaughter and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon.

“We are talking about a gunman who is too young to be a gunman because he is 15 years old,” Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark said.

Omar Bojang bronx shooting suspect
Police identified Omar Bojang, 18, as the person who was driving a moped as a teenage passenger opened fire in the Bronx, fatally shooting an 11-year-old girl on May 16, 2022. (Credit: NYPD)

The scooter’s alleged driver, 18-year-old Omar Bojang, remained at large Friday afternoon. Police asked for the public’s help in finding the suspect.

Earlier this week, Tay’s grief-stricken family publicly appealed for help in getting justice for their daughter.

“I’m gonna be living in pain the rest of my life,” Tay’s father said Wednesday morning at a makeshift memorial that was set up at the location where his daughter lost her life. “I want that person to suffer in pain. I don’t want him to die, I want him to suffer. He needs to suffer, man, his parents need to feel this.”

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