Boy, 12, gets shot in the chest on a Brooklyn street as gun crime continues to grow in NYC with a 77% increase in shootings
- A 12-year-old boy is shot in Brooklyn while walking past two fighting groups
- He heard gunshots and felt pain in his chest when he realized he had been shot
- The shooting is because gun crime has increased 77 percent in NYC over the past year
- The boy, who is not identified because he is a minor, is expected to survive
- The NYPD was still investigating Saturday night; no arrests had been made
A 12-year-old boy was shot in the chest on a Brooklyn street Saturday night in another stark statistic in New York City’s sharply worsening rate of gun crime.
He is expected to survive the New York Post reports.
According to New York Police Department, the incident is up 77 percent in the past year, according to March statistics.
The boy was walking in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn just before 10 p.m. on Saturday when he ran into two groups fighting.
He heard gunshots, reports the Post, but didn’t realize he’d been hit until he felt pain in his chest.
A 12-year-old boy in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn was taken away in an ambulance Saturday night after being shot in the chest. He is expected to survive
A swarm of police cars scrambled to the scene in the aftermath of the shooting. It was not clear if the boy was associated with the two groups fighting, or if he was a target or if it was just a random shooting as he walked by
The boy ducked into a liquor store to ask a worker for help. The employee called 911
The daylight liquor store shows from a Google Street View the area where the boy was shot and the shop he ducked into asking for help. The incident is under investigation
It is not clear whether he was associated with any of the groups or whether he was a target.
The boy, who has not been identified by police because he is a minor, entered a liquor store where he asked a worker for help.
The NYPD was investigating Saturday night but has made no arrests.
The Post reported that police found at least five shells at the site of Malcolm X Boulevard and Madison Street. They were also looking for video captured with security cameras.
Meanwhile, the shooting comes now that the NYPD reported 99 shooting incidents in March 2021, compared to 56 a year ago, representing an increase of nearly 77 percent, even as police drastically ramped up efforts to arrest suspects on gun charges.
There were 492 gun arrests across the city last month, which is an increase of nearly 67 percent from March 2020.
The shooting of the 12-year-old comes after several random acts of violence in New York in recent weeks, including a Kansas man shot near Times Square earlier this week and a 75-year-old who was beaten in broad daylight on Easter. Sunday.
Another act of indiscriminate violence in New York: the Kansas City man is hit by a bullet
Chris Ruby, 44, was hit by gunfire as he walked down West 38th Street in Manhattan in the early hours of Wednesday morning and returned to his hotel after watching a baseball game.
The Missouri resident was rushed to nearby Bellevue Hospital, where he was treated for the gunshot wound that broke both his collarbone and shoulder blade.
Pictured: Chris Ruby, who is recovering after being hit in the shoulder by crossfire
Police say they believe Ruby was not the intended target of the shooting, and that he was simply caught in the crossfire.
Alleged gang member Brannovan Martinez, 21, was arrested late Wednesday for the incident and has been charged with assault, criminal use of a firearm and reckless endangerment. He has several previous arrests for drugs and assault.