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Police: Teenage girl killed, 2 injured in Bronx shooting

A teenage girl was killed and two other teenagers injured in a shooting near a Bronx school

NEW YORK — Three teenage boys walking home from school on Friday were shot, one fatally, when a gunman began shooting during a street corner dispute in the Bronx, police said.

The shooting was the latest episode of violence to make headlines in New York City amid a spike in violent crime during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The girl killed in the gunfire was 16, police said. Another 16-year-old girl was shot in the leg. A 17-year-old boy was injured in the buttocks. Both are expected to survive.

Police said many details were still being investigated, but the gunfire appeared to have started after two people waved at each other across an intersection. The children who were shot passed on the sidewalk.

“We think they’re coming from school, coming home,” Deputy Police Chief Timothy McCormack told reporters at a brief press conference.

The shooting occurred at 1:40 p.m. outside the South Bronx Educational Campus, which is home to two schools, Mott Haven Village Prep and University Heights Secondary School.

The Department of Education said two of the teenagers went to Mott Haven. The third teenager went to University Prep Charter High School, a short distance away.

Police were reviewing video from the security camera, which recorded the gunshots, in an attempt to identify the shooter.

Mayor Eric Adams has made tackling crime a priority since taking office Jan. 1. Homicides are down slightly from this time last year, but gun violence overall remains at levels not seen in a decade.

On Friday, he tweeted: “We lost a 16 year old baby in the Bronx today. We pray for this young girl, for her family and for the other two victims in the hospital. It’s a tragedy. This is unacceptable. This is why we cannot abandon our streets to armed violence.”

New York City saw shootings drop to modern-era lows from 2012 to 2019, but that progress has been partially erased during the pandemic and social unrest of the past two years. Violence still remains at levels well below the city’s nadir in the 1990s or even the decade following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

On Friday, police announced arrests in a stray bullet murder in the Bronx earlier this week.

Juana Esperanza Soriano De-Perdomo, 61, was killed Monday night when she was shot in the back during an argument between two groups of men, police said.

Two men have been arrested and face charges of murder and manslaughter.

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