Boy, 14, shot dead on New York basketball court

A 14-year-old boy was shot at a basketball court in the Bronx over the weekend – part of a spate of gun violence among teens in New York City this summer.

Bullets flew just before 8:20 p.m. Saturday at the plaza at Walton Avenue and 181st Street in Fordham Heights, hitting the teenager in the buttocks, police said.

The young victim was taken to New York-Presbyterian/Columbia Medical Center, where police said he was in stable condition.

It was unclear what led to the shooting and if the teenager was the intended target.

The suspect is still at large, police said.

It comes just two weeks after another 14-year-old boy was shot and injured on a basketball court in South Ozone Park, Queens.

The shootings were followed by a number of other shootings involving youth in recent months, including one in Brooklyn where a 15-year-old aspiring mixed martial artist was killed by a stray bullet in July.

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Orange cones mark the bullet casings at the Frederick B. Judge Playground at Lincoln and 135th Street in Queens, Friday, July 28, 2023, where a teenager was shot.
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The slain youth, Faridun Mavlonov, was one of five teenagers shot dead across the city in a bloody 12-hour period on July 17.

The following week, a stray bullet struck and injured a 16-year-old girl on a street corner in East Flatbush, Brooklyn.


JACLYN DIAZ is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. JACLYN DIAZ joined USTimeToday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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