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Girl, 11, fights for her life after being hit by a stray bullet in NYC

An 11-year-old girl was killed Monday after being caught in the crossfire of a shootout on a corner of the Bronx, police said.

The shooting took place at Westchester Avenue and Fox Street in Foxhurst just before 5pm when two men on a moped drove by and opened fire, police officers said.

Their target was a group of men who were also standing on the corner, but instead they shot the 11-year-old, who police say was visiting a nearby nail salon with a pal.

Police at the scene of a shooting of an 11-year-old girl near 995 Westchester Ave.
An 11-year-old girl was caught in the crossfire of a shooting on a corner of the Bronx.
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The victim, who was outside New Kim Nails on Fox Street when she was shot in the stomach, went into the salon after being shot and passed out, according to witnesses.

“She was right next to me when it happened,” said the girlfriend’s friend, 18-year-old Lillian Johnson.

“She was shot and then came into the store… like she was trying to escape the shots. She held her stomach and said, “Ow!”

Police at the scene of a shooting of an 11-year-old girl near 995 Westchester Ave.
The girl was taken to Lincoln Hospital, where she died.
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Lillian Johnson said the youngster soon passed out.

“She sat in the chair and then didn’t respond — she liked to lean into the chair,” Johnson said.

“And then they pulled down their jacket and examined the wound [where] She was shot in the stomach and shortly thereafter passed out on the floor.”

Police at the scene of a shooting of an 11-year-old girl near 995 Westchester Ave.
The shooting took place at Westchester Avenue and Fox Street in Foxhurst.
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A 20-year-old salon patron said she heard two shots before the young girl burst into the salon.

“She started changing color and turning blue,” Maya Jones said. “We didn’t know [where she was shot.] It was really bad until her friend just pulled down her sweater and saw the blood on the gunshot wounds.”

Police at the scene of a shooting of an 11-year-old girl near 995 Westchester Ave.
As the police said, the target group was on the same corner as the young girl.
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An elderly woman put pressure on the gunshot wound before an ambulance arrived, Johnson said.

The girl was taken to Lincoln Hospital, where she died.

The teenager is the youngest young victim of gun violence in the city. Several teenagers and children have been shot dead across the five boroughs over the past few months, either on purpose or as innocent bystanders.

The 11-year-old girl was taken to Lincoln Hospital.
The girl went to the nearby nail salon after being shot and passed out.
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“This is very difficult for us to accept,” Bronx Detectives Deputy Chief of Police Timothy McCormack said at a news conference Monday about the shooting. “This is the second child shot in this county this year – an 11-month-old and now an 11-year-old.”

The year began with the shocking shooting of an 11-month-old girl in the Bronx on January 19. The baby was hit in the left cheek by a stray bullet while sitting in a parked car with his mother. The girl underwent brain surgery in the same month.

About three hours before the 11-year-old was shot dead in the Bronx, two teenagers were struck by bullets on a Brooklyn street. An 18-year-old was hit in the upper body and a 19-year-old in the leg.

Last Wednesday, a 17-year-old son of an NYPD officer was shot in the arm across from his high school in Queens. The teenager was not the intended target, police said.

A 14-year-old boy was shot in the arm and a 15-year-old boy in the leg by two gunmen last Thursday night in the Bronx. Both young teenagers were taken to hospital in stable condition, authorities said. Two nights before this shooting, a 17-year-old boy was fatally shot outside a Bronx grocery store.

Earlier in the month, an 18-year-old girl was shot dead in the lobby of a Crown Heights building and died days later, and in another incident, a 13- and 14-year-old were both shot outside of Central Park. Both teenagers suffered life-threatening injuries.

In late April, a 14-year-old girl was hit in the neck by a stray bullet and two 18-year-old boys were also shot dead in a gang attack, police said. All three teenagers survived the shooting.

https://nypost.com/2022/05/16/girl-11-fighting-for-life-after-being-hit-with-stray-bullet-in-nyc/ Girl, 11, fights for her life after being hit by a stray bullet in NYC

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