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In a summer full of shootings, victims of gun violence in New York seem to keep getting younger.
A drive-by shooting in Brownsville, Brooklyn Sunday left six injured, including a two-year-old girl. From The Wall Street Journal:
The six victims include a 2-year-old girl who suffered a graze wound to the leg, a 13-year-old boy who was shot in the right hand and a 17-year-old boy who was shot in the left leg, the official said. Three men in their 20s were each shot once.
One of the men in his 20s, Michael Prince, was shot in the buttocks while trying to protect his daughter, two-year-old Ariyanna.
The shooting occurred at 7PM near Chester and Riverdale Avenues. Police are searching for a white Nissan Altima with Florida plates. The suspect is said to have been wearing all red.
Community leaders believe the shooting was gang-related.
The incident occurred in a NYPD "Impact Zone," an area specifically targeted by police for crime reduction. And despite the neighborhood's grisly designation, at least one area resident was surprised at the shooting. "I'm shocked that this happened," 43-year-old Lytheia Smith told The Journal. "There's guns everywhere and there's violence...but this block it's different. More or less very OK here."
Ariyanna Prince's mother, Jahlessa Westry, told NBC, "I guess nowawdays, you never know where you can be hit. If you have kids or siblings, they can be targets like my child."
The Sunday incident caps off a tragic week of shootings that began with the death of 4-year-old Lloyd Morgan during a Bronx basketball game.
On Friday, the body of 14-year-old Kemar Brooks was found by his father on a Bronx tennis court. Authority believes it was a stray bullet that struck Brooks in the head.
Earlier this month, three-year-old Isaiah Rivera was struck by a bullet in Bed-Stuy while playing on a sprinkler.
Shootings have increased 12.1 percent city wide this year, compared to the same period in 2011, according to the NYPD. In one week in July, 18 people were killed in 77 shootings, a 28.3 percent increase from the same period in 2011.
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