Brooklyn shooting leaves 13-year-old bystander with head wound

Jim Dolan reporting
April 15, 2014 8:34:34 PM PDT
A 13-year-old boy is hospitalized with a gunshot wound to the head after he was caught in the crossfire as the alleged gunman fired shots at another man in Brooklyn Monday. The other man was also struck. Now, a manhunt is underway, and police are hoping new surveillance video will lead to an arrest.

The gunfire erupted around noon on Flatbush Avenue near Beverly Road in the Flatbush section as the victim, Gama Droiville, who was waiting for the bus with his aunt and cousin outside of a pizza shop, wasn't harmed. In the seconds following the hail of gunfire, the new video shows mothers and small children running for their lives.

"I heard about 5 gunshots and at first I thought they were fake, then I saw everyone get on the ground, and so I hid under a chair," said eyewitness Souleyman Bah.

Droiville was rushed to Kings County Hospital, where he is listed in serious but stable condition after undergoing surgery.

The boy was not the intended target. Instead, police say, the suspect was shooting at a 24-year-old man getting out of a cab. He was hit in the leg and is also being treated at Kings County Hospital.

The incident set off a panic in the neighborhood, as police descended on the scene.

The video shows the suspect running with a gun, wearing a black and white hooded sweatshirt with the word ROC printed on the front and back and the number 99 on both arms.

Sources tell Eyewitness News that the suspect is a member of a known street gang, and was involved in two previous shootings.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477).