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11-year-old girl killed by stay bullet on Bronx sidewalk; Police searching for suspects on scooter

Girl, 11, killed by stray bullet in the Bronx
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NEW YORK -- An 11-year-old girl died Monday night after being hit by a stray bullet in the Bronx.

The tragedy happened at 166th Street and and Fox Street in the Longwood section of the borough, CBS2's Dick Brennan reported.

Police said some men on a scooter were driving by and suddenly opened fire on another man who was running away on the sidewalk.

"We were waiting to get our nails done when I heard gunshots, two of them, pop pop," resident Maya Jones said.

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Witnesses said the girl was outside a salon with her family at around 5 p.m. when the gunfire broke out. She apparently hid behind a car, but still wound up getting shot. She then ran into the salon with a gunshot wound to the chest and passed out.

People inside came to her aid.

"She stopped responding, so we ended up zipping down and then we saw the gun wound and it wasn't heavy blood, but because the bullet was right there," Jones said.

Jones and friend Lillian Johnson said a third woman put compresses on the little girl's wound until the ambulance arrived. She was then raced to Lincoln Hospital, where she later died.

"When I heard her age I broke down. She just came from school and it's like, why her? Why did it have to be her?" Jones said.

At a vigil in Harlem for the people who died in the Buffalo mass shooting, Mayor Eric Adams said he visited the family at the hospital in the Bronx before the girl died and vowed justice for her.

Police said they are searching for the men captured on video, but don't have a great picture of the gunman because they were flying by on the scooter. So, they are asking for anyone who might have seen something in the area to reach out to them.

People who live in the area said they are fed up with having to face violence right in front of them.

When asked if it's unusual to hear about shots being fire in this neighborhood, Johnson said, "It's unusual to see shots in the daylight, but at night time it's different. It's the Bronx."  


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