NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Shocking video shows a gunman open fire on a crowded basketball court Wednesday in the Bronx.
Two people were injured when shots rang out around 7 p.m. at Walton Park around Walton Avenue and East 181st Street in the Fordham section.
Surveillance video shows one suspect approach the court and fire multiple shots before putting the gun into a backpack and running away.
“Three together, pum pum pum, and then they stop, then, like, two more” said Juan de la Cruz, who lives nearby.
A 16-year-old boy was hit in the foot and 47-year-old man was hit in the forearm. They were both taken to the hospital in stable condition.
“I came and seen the aftermath, and I seen the running and the terror, I seen the looks on the kids faces. They were terrified, they shouldn’t have to live like that,” community activist Darney “K. Born” Rivers told CBS2’s Lisa Rozner.
“I think it’s a real danger, I think police have to spend more time over here,” resident Braulio Basulto said.
Gerald Burgess, known as “Coach G,” works at the school nearby.
“It’s sad to see when the only thing they can do after school is just go to a park, unsupervised,” he told Rozner. “And you you know, this is the streets, things happen that’s out of our control.”
Just last week, the renovated $1.4 million playground reopened. The court is adjacent to a play area for small children.
This afternoon, kids were playing basketball there, under the eyes of at least two NYPD officers.
Councilman Fernando Cabrea says he’s been told police will now be present when the park is open.
“One of those young persons is from this community, so they’re going to catch him quickly,” Cabrera said.
Parents walking their kids home from school Thursday say they’re not taking any chances.
“Every time he gets out of school, he’s got to come out of school, he’s got to come straight to my job. I don’t want him in this park,” said parent Xaynara Diaz.
“I am concerned because my kids play there,” parent Ivette Santiago said.
“These kids need more programs where they’re learning,” said Burgess.
Police described the shooter as black with a slim build, last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, green, black and white sneakers and carrying a dark colored book bag.
They’re also searching for another suspect, described as Hispanic with a slim build, medium complexion and black afro-style hair. He was seen wearing a black long sleeve shirt, white undershirt, blue jeans, black underwear and black sneakers.
As far as motive goes, police are looking into whether the shooting may have been gang related, Rozner reported.
Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or 1-888-57-PISTA (74782) for Spanish. You can also submit a tip via the Crime Stoppers website, by Tweeting @NYPDTips or by texting a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) and then entering TIP577.