11-year-old boy shot in Crown Heights, Brooklyn; police search for gunman

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Tuesday, April 9, 2024
11-year-old boy shot in Crown Heights; police search for gunman
Janice Yu has details on the shooting of an 11-year-old in Brooklyn.

CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn (WABC) -- An 11-year-old boy is recovering in the hospital after he was shot and injured in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

Shots rang out on the 300 block of Howard Avenue around 11 p.m. Monday.

The young boy was rushed to Maimonides Medical Center with a gunshot wound to his left forearm. Police do not believe he was the intended target.

His mother said her son will be in the hospital for a couple of days while he continues to recover.

She said her worst nightmare came true when she got the phone call from police.

"I couldn't even think because my mind just went blank," she said.

The mother, who wished to stay anonymous, says her son was at the Ocean Hill Brownsville NYCHA building Monday night.

He was on the third floor hanging out with family and friends when a bullet went through his forearm.

Police say people nearby managed to wrap his arm as they waited for the ambulance.

Investigators were at the apartment overnight combing through the scene.

The child has bullet fragments in his arm and will be in a cast, but he is expected to make a full recovery.

Now his family wants justice.

"It's making me feel awful, it's making me feel bad and I'm very sad," she said. "I just want the person caught."

No one has been arrested and police have not released any information on what the suspect looks like.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers.

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