Holes scar the ninth floor hallway of an apartment building, one floor below the home of a woman grieving the loss of her son.
“I don’t understand why they did this to him. I say come forward, turn yourself in. My baby didn’t deserve this,” Taywanna Boyd told CBS2’s Tony Aiello on Tuesday.
The NYPD said Khalik Grier was hit by gunfire on Monday at around 11:45 p.m. His mother said Khalik was at a friend’s apartment on the seventh floor of 3560 Webster Ave. playing video games and walked into some kind of dispute as he returned home.
Witnesses said a rowdy party on the ninth floor turned violent. A police source told Aiello a gunman shot two men and then randomly shot Khalik in the stairwell as he fled the scene.
One resident spoke to CBS2’s Tony Aiello off camera.
“Next thing I heard it was about eight shots, and you heard screaming and next thing I know the police was all over the place,” the resident said. “It was crazy. It was scary. I could’ve got shot walking out my door on the ninth floor. This is crazy.”
Video from the Citizen App shows first responders rushing the teenager to the hospital, where he died from a gunshot wound to the neck.
Two other men, ages 22 and 19, later showed up at the hospital with minor gunshot wounds from the same incident, police said.
Boyd said her older son rushed to find his brother as word of the shooting spread.
“His little brother was on the floor and he was trying to save his little brother,” Boyd said.
She is urging those responsible to turn themselves in and for those who have information to share it with police.
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