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A shooting near a New York City school killed one 16-year-old girl and injured another girl and teenage boy who were caught in the middle of a dispute as they were possibly walking home, authorities said Friday.
The gunfire erupted just before 1:45 p.m. at the corner of East 156th Street and St Ann’s Avenue outside University Heights Secondary School in the Bronx, the New York Police Department said.
One suspect was standing on a corner “gesturing” to someone on an opposite corner, police said. After some back-and-forth, the suspect pulled out a firearm and opened fire, authorities said.
The three victims were walking on the street and were struck by gunfire.
The girls, both, 16, were both struck – one in the chest and the other in the leg. The one hit in the torso has died, the NYPD told Fox News Digital.
The surviving girl is in stable condition. A 17-year-old male was shot in the rear and expected to survive.
It has not been determined if they were students at the school, police said. No arrests have been made and investigators do not know the identity of the shooter, officials said.
During a short news briefing at the crime scene, NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell said detectives “will work tirelessly to bring those responsible for this to justice.”
Crime in the city has soared since the middle of the COVID-9 pandemic. In the first three months of 2022, crime overall jumped 44% compared to the same time frame in 2022, according to NYPD data.
The number of children injured by gunfire in New York City has nearly doubled this year. As of March 15, 24 children were shot year-to-date, compared to the 13 reported during the same period in 2021.
However, child murder victims as of the same time frame were down.
Fox News’ Stephanie Pagones contributed to this report.
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