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17-Year-Old Shot Dead During Robbery In Brooklyn

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - The search is on for a gunman who shot and killed one teenager and left another injured in Brooklyn.

Police say it happened during an attempted robbery after 2:40 p.m. Wednesday near East 26th Street and Foster Avenue in Flatbush.

"It was really fast, pop pop pop pop pop pop pop," neighbor Kaossa Doumbe said.

Flatbush Robbery And Shooting
Two teens were shot, one fatally, during a robbery in Flatbush, Brooklyn on Oct. 28, 2020. (credit: CBS2)

The sound of gunshots, the feeling of fear and the sight of an afternoon deadly shooting are clogging Doumbe's mind.

"About six to seven shots, it just woke me," she told CBS2's Cory James.

And it left her heartbroken when she learned the victims are teenage boys.

Police say 17-year-old Derek Trucios and a 16-year-old got into a struggle with a suspect who was trying to rob them.

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Investigators say Derek died after being shot once in the face and once in the stomach.

CBS2 has been told a bullet went through the hand of the 16-year-old, who was rushed to a nearby hospital.

"It's just outrageous and very saddening," Doumbe said.

A gray hoodie, black handgun and backpack were left on the sidewalk -- all evidence from the shooting that riddled the residential neighborhood with bullets during the middle of the day.

Some were left questioning their safety.

"It's not cool at all. It's a quiet neighborhood, but being in the wrong place at the wrong time," Flatbush resident Sharod Turner said.

As police investigate and continue to scour the scene, people in the community are hoping this shooting will ignite change across the city, where the number of shooting victims has increased from 785 this time last year to 1,577 this year.

"When will it end? There's too much blood that's being shed in the city," Flatbush resident Peter Jones said.

The 16-year-old is expected to recover. Police are hoping surveillance video in the area will help them track down the shooter.


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