Man fires shots into NYC playground from back of motorized scooter

ALLERTON, Bronx (WABC) -- Police are searching for two individuals who fired several shots from a motorized scooter into a crowd at a playground in the Bronx, and they're hoping surveillance video will lead to an arrest.

It happened around 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 12, at the Magenta Playground on Olinville Avenue and Rosewood Street in the Allerton section.

The video shows two people riding on the vehicle when the person in the back discharges several rounds at those gathered inside the playground.

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They fled southbound on Olinville Road.

The gunfire did not hit anyone, but it caused damage to three unoccupied parked cars.

No injuries were reported as a result of the shooting, but the investigation comes as Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the expansion of the Cure Violence initiative.

It is made up of mostly young adults from the community, trained to intervene and disrupt violence before it happens.

It views crime as a public health issue.

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"I can attest that these individuals that are on the ground every day have the best solutions to stop the violence within our community," City Councilman Kevin Riley said. "So I am honored to be here... with just being a new City Council member, that we're able to be here today to discuss this expansion of this program."

Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

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