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NYPD: Child, teenager among 7 people shot within 1 hour across New York City

Child, teenager among 7 shot within 1 hour across New York City
Child, teenager among 7 shot within 1 hour across New York City 02:13

NEW YORK - A 12-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy are among the latest victims of gun violence in New York City.

As CBS2's Christina Fan reports, police are still searching for the shooter they believe mistook the two kids for rival gang members.

Blood stains cover the sidewalk of Rev. James A. Polite Avenue, where two young kids sought help after getting shot. Families walking past the grisly aftermath Tuesday felt pained children are becoming the all-too-frequent victims of recent shootings.

"I think I heard about two gunshots," Longwood resident Jamell Frasier said.

"I just hear, 'Somebody, help me, help me,'" another person said.

Police say a 16-year-old boy and 12-year-old girl were playing on the basketball court by Bronx Regional High School around 11:30 Monday night when a car drove by. A man inside yelled towards them, then fired a weapon several times.

The girl was hit in the left arm and suffered a graze wound to her torso. The boy suffered a graze wound to the chin.

Sources tell CBS2 neither victim knew the shooter and that they believe the kids were mistaken for gang members.

"That's crazy to me. Like, it's just, it's flabbergasting 'cause I'm in the house and I'm like, why is this going on? It could have been anybody. I could have been coming out of my house," Frasier said.

"I just feel like they should be locked away and throw away the key. How can you hurt a child?" Longwood resident Shawn Lucas said.

The two children are among seven people shot across the city within the span of an hour Monday night.

Two victims were shot in Crown Heights.

Another two were attending a vigil around 11 p.m. on Clinton Street in Red Hook when they heard gunfire and felt pain. One victim was shot in the arm, and the other was shot in the leg.

Police said at least one other person was hurt in a shooting in Queens.

Anyone with information about the violence is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit a tip via their website or via DM on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All calls are kept confidential.  

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