An 11-year-old girl was fatally shot on Monday afternoon when the passenger of a motorized scooter fired a gun at a man running down a sidewalk in the Bronx, police said, in the latest episode of gun violence against children in New York. City.
The girl, who was hit once in the abdomen by a bullet, died Monday evening after being transported to Lincoln Hospital in critical condition, police said. She was the second child to be shot in the borough this year, and a dozen children and teenagers were shot across the city.
Police were dispatched to the scene of the shooting around 4:50 p.m. Deputy Chief Philip Rivera said at a press conference Monday evening. A preliminary investigation suggests the girl was on Fox Street when the gun was fired from about half a block north of the same street at the fleeing man, police said. The motive for the scooter chase and shooting was unclear.
Video footage released by the New York Police Department shows the man on foot stopping to hide in the entrance of a building. He runs in the opposite direction after the scooter hits the sidewalk. The shooter then shoots the other man from the back of the scooter as he approaches an intersection.
Police said only one gun appeared to have been fired. The girl’s name was not immediately released.
“It’s very, very hard for us to accept,” Deputy Chief Timothy McCormack, the Bronx detective commander, said of the shooting.
Deputy Chief McCormack said at the press conference that tracking the scooter and the person who fired the weapon would be “extremely difficult and time consuming”.
“But we will find him and we will chase the scooter as far as he will go,” he added.