MELROSE, the Bronx (PIX11) — Three victims were shot on a Bronx street Friday afternoon, police said. One of those victims — a 16-year-old girl — was pronounced dead just before 2:15 p.m.
NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell spoke about the “tragic” incident hours later at a press briefing.
“[This shooting] took the life of a teen,” she said. “A young woman with a bright future.”
According to police officials, the gunman was arguing with someone across the street from him, gesturing wildly. At some point during that argument, he drew a firearm and shot westward.
Two girls — both 16 years old — and a 17-year-old boy, who were walking down the street, were struck by the bullets. Police said one girl was shot in the chest; the other girl was shot in the leg; and the boy was shot in the buttocks.
Police said they believe the teens were heading home from school. The victims have not been identified.
Sources familiar with the situation said the incident happened outside the South Bronx Educational Campus, which contains both Mott Haven Village Prep and University Heights Secondary School. One of the victims attends the University Prep Charter High School.
“This despicable act of violence stole the life from one young person today and wounded two others,” Schools Chancellor David Banks said. “As a father of four children, I can only imagine the immense pain these families are going through today. These three children join dozens of other students who have been victims of gun violence in our city this year.”
There was video taken of the incident, police said, but they have no identity on the shooter. An investigation is ongoing.
“We lost a 16-year-old baby in the Bronx today,” Mayor Eric Adams tweeted. “We pray for this young girl, for her family and for the other two victims in the hospital. It’s a tragedy. It’s unacceptable. It’s why we can’t abandon our streets to gun violence.”
One lifelong Bronx resident, Fernando Maria, told PIX11 News it’s “too early to tell” whether or not the mayor’s attack on crime is working.
“They have to crack down on the gun violence,” he said. “These bullets, they don’t discriminate.”
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