NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There is outrage in Brooklyn after a drive-by shooting over the weekend left six people wounded, including two children.
The shooting happened near the intersection of Rockaway and Riverdale avenues just after 7 p.m. Sunday as several children were outside playing on the street. On Monday, police combed the crime scene — step by step, looking for shell casings, bullet holes, any evidence that can point them to the person who pulled the trigger.
“People running around saying a ‘baby got shot, a baby got shot,'” witness Lisa Greene said.
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Among the victims was 2-year-old Aryanna Prynce, who was shot in the leg while walking with her father.
“A 2-year-old walking down the street should not have to watch her back,” said her mother Jahlessa Westry. “She’s all right. It went in and went out clean. Bandage and she goes home.”
“My granddaughter doesn’t even know what happened to her, she does not know what happened to her,” the victim’s grandmother, Lateria Hilton, said. “I just want this to come to an end. All these innocent children are getting hurt out here.”
Aryanna’s father, Mike Prynce, was also shot, along with three other adults.
A 13-year-old boy was also injured. Kintrell Simpson, was playing on the sidewalk when the shots rang out. He was shot twice in the hand while running away from the gunfire, CBS 2’s Kathryn Brown reported.
“He was bleeding and he was just like ‘I fell something, [something] happened to me’ and when I looked it was like two shots in his hand.” witness China Williams said.
The boy’s family was holding vigil Monday at an area hospital.
“He’s scared, he’s really scared for his life,” Beverly Wright, Simpson’s grandmother, said. “He’s okay, thank God, but this has got to stop.”
None of the injuries are considered life threatening.
Investigators said the shooting was gang-related.
WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane reports
The shooting is just the latest in a violent and deadly summer in the city.
In the last three weeks, four children have been shot.
Among them, 3-year-old year old Isaiah Rivera, who was shot in the leg while playing in a sprinkler near his Bedford-Stuyvesant home and 4-year-old Lloyd Morgan, who was shot in the head and killed while playing on a playground in the Bronx.
“Fifty years out here, never seen it this bad,” said witness Kim Murrell. “In 50 years, I never wanted to leave but now I’m seriously considering it. I’m devastated.”
City Councilman Charles Barron called the recent barrage of bullets an economic issue, and is now asking the city to spend $300 million to fund community centers, scholarship and workforce programs.
“Put youth centers in our neighborhoods, let the schools open until 10:00 at night,” Councilman Barron said. “When I was growing up they had night centers so we would’ve been there until 10 o’clock, they would be off the streets.”
A 17-year-old who was wounded Sunday night told police he thinks he was the gunman’s target. However, the teen said he didn’t recognize the man.
A $12,000 reward is being offered for information in the case, CBS 2’s Brown reported.
Investigators are looking for a white Nissan Altima with Florida plates that may be connected to the shooting, police said.
WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman With Reaction From The Mayor
“This just cannot continue to go on,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg told reporters in reaction to the shooting of three toddlers in three weeks. “It isn’t unusual if people are shooting on the streets, and their shooting in parks. That’s where you find kids.”
“And we all understand it, even if I can’t explain it very well. A lot more tragic that a child is killed than an adult. They’re both human beings. They’re both lives, but the child has so much more in front of them,” Bloomberg added.
Some lawmakers are calling for more money to be set aside for violence prevention groups.
Bloomberg said those organizations are great, but he had reservations.
“You look at cities that approach it that way rather than tough enforcement and getting guns off the streets, their crime rate is so high you couldn’t walk the streets, if we had that kind of crime but we’re not going to do it,” he said.
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