Two shootings that took place this week in different Bronx neighborhoods left a 10-year-old girl and 12-year-old boy recovering from bullet wounds, according to the New York Daily News.
On Tuesday, a gunman opened fire in the crowded basketball court in Vidalia Park, on E. 180th Street and Daly Avenue in West Farms. A 12-year-old boy was injured, as were two 20-year-olds and an 18-year-old. Police believed the assailant was targeting one of the older victims; no arrests had been made as of yesterday. All four injured are expected to recover.
On Wednesday, a 10-year-old girl was nicked in the leg by a bullet while walking home from school after someone opened fire in a Morrisania intersection. She is expected to survive.
Bronx elected officials sent out statements conveying their alarm over the two incidents.
“Innocent children and their families should not be scared nor terrorized to play in their neighborhood playgrounds in fear of becoming a victim of senseless violence,” City Councilman Joel Rivera said in a statement after the West Farms shooting.
State Sen. Ruben Diaz, Sr., responded to the Morrisania shooting.
“I thank the Lord that she is expected to be fine, and hope that she will be able to put this trauma behind her fairly quickly, resume her life as a child, not fear her walk to and from school, and not fear growing up in her neighborhood,” he said.