New York police have arrested a 15-year-old boy charged with murder in the shooting death of an 11-year-old girl.
The teenager, Matthew Godwin, was arrested on Friday after police said he shot Kyhara Tay, killing her, ABC New York reported. Filming took place in the Bronx on Monday.
New York Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell said the suspect “ended the life of a totally innocent and totally uninvolved 11-year-old girl” who was caught in the crossfire.
She was speaking at a press conference outlining the charges and the announcement of the arrests in the case.
The intended target, a 13-year-old boy, reportedly dodged the shots that struck Kyhara.
Shots were fired from the back of a scooter driven by the 15-year-old’s alleged accomplice, 18-year-old Omar Bojang, according to The New York Times.
The pair were seen on surveillance video which led to the identification of the two suspects, who were at a hotel in the Parkchester area of the Bronx. Reports said they had checked in the night before.
Ms Sewell added of the incident: ‘I won’t say she was in the wrong place because why shouldn’t an 11 year old be able to stand outside in broad daylight?
The teenager was charged as an adult and faces 25 years in prison.
Mr. Bojang was not taken into custody. He is said to have been the victim of a shooting in the past and has already been arrested for robbery and possession of firearms.
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