Brooklyn shootout: innocent 12-year-old killed, woman injured in East Flatbush gunshots

EAST FLATBUSH, Brooklyn (WABC) – An innocent 12-year-old boy is dead and a woman believed to be his cousin was injured in a shootout in Brooklyn.

The fatal shootout took place near East 56th Street and Linden Boulevard in East Flatbush around 7:45 PM on Thursday.

They say a 12-year-old boy, a 20-year-old woman, and an 8-year-old girl were sitting in the car after stopping to eat food when shots rang out. Both a 12-year-old boy and a 20-year-old woman were hit by shots.

The boy was shot in the head and presumed dead at the crime scene.

The woman was shot three times and taken to a nearby hospital, where she underwent surgery and is expected to survive.

Police say there was also an 8-year-old girl in the back seat of the car, who is related to the other two victims. Fortunately, she was not injured.

“They’re killing passersby, and that’s wrong because right now this little boy is lying in the morgue,” said Ann, the neighbor. “You’re walking down the street. You stand on the corner; you leave the store. You don’t know what will happen. You are sitting in your home. People are shooting through your house. I mean, it’s horrible! “

Neighbor Charlotte Jen said she heard the shots as well as another distinct sound.

“I told my daughter,” There is a firearm shot outside and I heard the children crying. ” Maybe it was that little girl in the back of the car, Jen said.

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Police are looking for two black sedans that were seen fleeing the scene.

New York City police investigate whether two other cars fired at each other and say they were innocent victims caught in the crossfire.

On Friday morning, Governor Kathy Hochul tweeted calling for an end to the violence.

Mayor Eric Adams visited the scene last night.

The question I keep asking, what about innocent people? What about the people sitting in their cars who got shot and killed? ” Adams said. “We hear so much about those who fight, but when are we going to start fighting for the innocent people of this city?”

“The system has to do something about it, and they don’t do anything about it,” Ann said. “They have to bring back ‘Stop and Frisk’. They have to do it. It’s really said. “

Mayor Adams said Stop and Frisk will not be returning, but authorizes officers to prosecute illegal weapons.

But bail reform made gun possession ineligible for pre-trial detention. This means that defendants are often arrested and released immediately, unless more serious charges are brought.

There is no word about the shooting theme yet.

The incident marked at least a fourth child who had been hit by an unintentional shot from a firearm in New York this year.

– On March 25, a 3-year-old girl was shot in the shoulder outside a nursery in Brownsville, Brooklyn. She was released from the hospital.

– On March 21, a 7-year-old girl was rubbed in the stomach as she and her mother walked home to Coney Island, Brooklyn. She was cured and released.

– On January 29, an 11-month-old girl shot in the face sitting in the backseat of a car parked in the Bronx. She also survived.

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