Arrest made in shooting of 7-year-old girl grazed by bullet in East Harlem

EAST HARLEM, Manhattan (WABC) -- The NYPD have announced an arrest following the shooting of a 7-year-old girl earlier this week in New York City.

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested and charged for attempted murder, three counts of assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

The young girl was grazed by a bullet in East Harlem Thursday in a shooting that apparently targeted a teenager, who was also shot.

Police said a large group of people was gathered on E. 102nd St. in East Harlem around 6:15 p.m. when a "dispute" occurred.

A gunman fired several shots, grazing the young girl's right thigh and hitting a 19-year-old in the left leg.

Fortunately, the girl's 4-year-old and 1-year-old siblings were not injured.

The two injured were taken to the hospital, but their injuries were not life-threatening.

The shooting is part of a disturbing pattern of recent gun violence in the city, with 70 people shot in the past week compared to 26 the same week last year.

Mayor Bill de Blasio says a number of reasons are to blame.

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It happened late Monday night in Crown Heights.



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