2 teenage boys shot inside Harlem restaurant

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Thursday, October 7, 2021
2 teenage boys shot inside NYC restaurant, 3rd in custody
Two teens were shot inside a fried chicken restaurant in Harlem Wednesday night, apparently by a 17-year-old gunman who was quickly apprehended

HARLEM, Manhattan (WABC) -- Two teens -- ages 13 and 16 -- were shot inside a fried chicken restaurant in Harlem Wednesday night, and authorities are looking for the gunman after a 17-year-old previously taken into custody was ruled out as a suspect.

The victims were inside Mama's Fried Chicken on Frederick Douglass Boulevard when the gunman burst in at about 8:40 p.m.

The shooting was captured on surveillance cameras both inside and outside the restaurant.

The video shows the gunman walk past the restaurant, notice the two, and then enter and open fire.

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The 13-year-old was shot in the head and taken to St Luke's Hospital in critical condition.

The 16-year-old was shot in the back and taken to Harlem Hospital.

Both victims are expected to survive, authorities said.

Detectives recognized a 17-year-old who known to them and took him into custody nearby, but police say he turned out to be a relative of the victims fleeing the restaurant.

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He was spotted on surveillance and was initially thought to be involved, but once detectives talked to him and his family, he was eliminated as a suspect.

There are no arrests, and the incident remains under investigation

The victims are believed to be part of a subset of established gangs, and the shooting may be retaliation for another shooting on same block last week.


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