Teen fatally shot in Manhattan

Third NYC teen killed in 4 days
June 30, 2008 6:29:46 AM PDT
One minute he was standing on the street with friends and the next, gunshots ring out. Tonight, the 15-year-old is dead and police are looking for suspects.

The shooting happened early Sunday morning near Seventh Avenue and west 127th Street in Harlem.

Eyewitness News reporter Lucy Yang has more.

"You don't ever think... this would happen to your son," victim's father Nathan Allsbrooks, Sr. said.

It is every parent's worst nightmare, tragedy claiming a child. But tonight Nathan Allsbrooks must live with that vicious reality.

His beautiful son, his was only 15. Young Nathan had a million dollar smile and a heart full of hope. He dreamed of making it all the way to the NBA when one stray bullet on piece of metal got in the way and left him crumpled and bloodied and dead on a Harlem street.

Police officers responding to a 911 call early Sunday discovered the 15-year-old on a street corner with a gunshot wound to his torso.

Police say the young teen and his friend were walking home around 2:30 Sunday morning when a shot was fired and fatally hit Nathan Allsbrook in the stomach.

Police say he was pronounced dead about 15 minutes later.

His family came rushing to the scene just blocks from his home.

Detectives right now do not believe Allsbooks was the intended targeted.

Police say it's possible Allsbrook was hit by a stray bullet-- and was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

So far, no one has been arrested.

Nathan attended a catholic school. He worked with his grandfather during the summer and went to church with his grandmother on Sundays.

We're told he didn't get into trouble on the streets. But early this morning, trouble found him and claimed him and left his family shackled to grief.

"It's just crazy, kids killing kids. I don't get it," Nathan's father said. "I don't get it"

The boy is the third teenager in the city to be killed since Wednesday.

A 15-year-old girl was stabbed to death in Queens Wednesday evening following a dispute at a bus stop.

And a 17-year-old boy was fatally shot in Brooklyn early Saturday.

Police have made no arrests in either killing.


STORY BY: Eyewitness News reporter Lucy Yang