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Teen Charged With Firing Bullet That Wounded Girl, 10, In Far Rockaway

Brianna Palmer Was Walking Her Dog With Her Mother When She Was Shot
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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A reputed gang member was charged Wednesday with firing the bullet that wounded a 10-year-old girl in the Far Rockaway section of Queens.

Lenard Crudup, 21, of Far Rocakway, was charged with assault, illegal weapon possession, reckless endangerment and child endangerment in a criminal complaint, according to Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown.

Crudup allegedly fired several shots into a courtyard at 22-29 Dix Ave. at around 1 a.m. Saturday.

One of the bullets hit Brianna Palmer above the hip. She was walking her dog with her mother at the time, and was not believed to be the intended target.

Brianna was treated at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital.

Brown said Crudup is reputed to be a member of the Rowdy Gang.

“Rowdy” was the nickname of Ramel Gittens, 19, who was shot and killed two years ago in the Redfern Houses public housing development in Far Rockaway, sparking a period of discord and violent threats in the development that were the subject of a Village Voice cover story this week. There are references on Facebook to the “Rowdy Gang” and calls to avenge Gittens’ slaying.

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