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Groups Of Teens Shot Near Brownsville Playground

Injuries Are Believed Non-Life Threatening; Police Say Suspect Got Away On Bike
Scene where four teens were shot near a playground in Brownsville in August, 2012 (file/credit: CBS 2)

Scene where four teens were shot near a playground in Brownsville in August, 2012 (file/credit: CBS 2)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Four teenagers were injured Monday evening by a hail of bullets near a Brooklyn playground.

The suspect rode by on a bike and opened fire, police said. The incident happened around 7 p.m. at Fish Playground on Fulton Street in Brownsville.

Bullets grazed a 16-year-old boy, an 18-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl, police said. Witnesses said another 16-year-old boy ran around the corner and was shot in the arm.

1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck reports

Jeffrey Lucas said he was just one of many who went running for cover when the gunfire erupted.

“I was just coming off the train, I heard ‘pow pow pow,’” Lucas told CBS 2′s Amy Dardashtian.

Theresa Thompson’s son was with a group of kids playing basketball.

“The kids was innocently playing basketball in the park and these kids getting shot like this — just don’t make no kind of sense. We need some help out here,” Thompson said.

Community activists, like Tony Herbert, rushed to the scene. He said the violence has to stop and the community has to unite to make it happen.

“This is ground zero. Brownsville has been the epitome of where the stupidity takes place,” Herbert said. “The community’s saying it’s gang related. The police don’t have to say that, folks are snitching, they…are giving up whatever information they can and I implore them to keep doing that.”

Police said the victims’ injuries were all non-life threatening. The male victims were taken to Brookdale Hospital and the female victim was taken to St. John’s Hospital.

Police are still looking for the shooter, who they said got away on his bike.