Surveillance of shooting that injured 4-year-old, 2 others in the Bronx

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Thursday, July 13, 2017
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Jim Dolan reports on the shooting from the Claremont section.

CLAREMONT, Bronx (WABC) -- Two men are under arrest following a shooting in the Bronx that left three people wounded, including a four-year-old girl.

The shooting happened just before noon on East 167th Street between Clay Avenue and Webster Avenue in the Claremont section when a dispute between two groups erupted in gunfire, police say.

As many as 17 shots were fired, police say.

Eyewitness News Reporter Jim Dolan obtained surveillance video of the shooting.

It started with two groups meeting up as though it was all planned out to meet on that corner.

One man puts his arms out as if to show he's not carrying.

At one point, the two men in white appear to square off as if they might fight, but the man in the blue shirt seems to try and reduce the tension, but that clearly doesn't work.

At the top of the screen a car pulls up and that's when the gunfire starts.

The man in blue clearly shooting, another man near the car, fired too.

The group shooting piled into the car, did a U-turn and drove away.

The girl and one man were shot in the back, while another man suffered a wound to the leg. All three went to area hospitals on their own.

None of the injuries are life-threatening, officials said.

Gunshot victims 33-year-old Fredrick Fielder and 57-year-old James Thomas, both from the Bronx are recovering at Lincoln Hospital.

They were arrested and charged with second degree assault, criminal possession of a weapon, and reckless endangerment. The man seen firing the gun in the video has not yet been found.

The four-year-old girl was in the car with Fielder when she was grazed. He is her mother's boyfriend, police say.

Eyewitness William Sullivan said loud bangs in that neighborhood doesn't usually mean fireworks, it means gunfire.

"I was on this side of the street over here and I was getting out of the way," Sullivan said.

"Taking cover?" we asked.

"Yeah. This was the second shooting we've had here in three days, he said, adding that the other one was across the street near the nursing home.

Police said several cars pulled up to the busy street, an argument ensued and then it escalated to a fistfight. When that didn't settle the dispute, guns were pulled out and the shots rang out.

"This argument doesn't look like it has anything to do with this particular corner right now," NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said. "It looks like it was brought in. They agreed to meet here, these two groups, there were three on one side, three on the other."

One of the bullets sailed down 167th Street, across Webster Avenue and into the front window of a fried chicken restaurant.

Jesse Tompkins was seated about two feet away.

"Just getting out of there, I'm too big to run and too big to hide," Tompkins said. "So I just took off."