Police-defunded NYC: 14-year-old girl struck by stray bullet while walking to the store for sugar on Thanksgiving day


NEW YORK CITY, NY – In crime-ridden New York City, a mother blasted the leaders of the city after her 14-year-old daughter was struck by a stray bullet on Thanksgiving day.

The girl was simply on her way to pick up brown sugar for one of the items for the family meal. In an interview on Friday, November 25th, the victim’s mom told the New York Post:

“It’s out of control. It’s every day. Every day you hear something happening.”

The mom said that she sent her 14-year-old daughter and 16-year-old son to the store for a last-minute ingredient run and within a few minutes of them leaving the house, she received a panicked phone call from her son.

Her teen daughter had been shot in the leg around 2:30 p.m. in the afternoon just steps from Edenwald Playground. The mother said:

“They literally just left the house. Less than five minutes.”

Police believe that the girl was an innocent bystander and that the shooter, who as of this writing, remains at large, had been targeting someone else.

The son managed to help his injured sister into a nearby building before police and EMS were called to the scene to treat her. By the time their mom had arrived, the daughter was already being treated. The mother said:

“She was crying. I tried to get to her but they were already working on her leg. I was able to touch her hand, rub her head, her hair, her face to comfort her.”

The young girl was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for her injuries. She was later released and is said to make a full recovery. The mother said her family was shaken up by the random assault. She added:

“It happened on a day when the family was together to help comfort her. She was surrounded by love. I want whoever did this to pay but God is in control. If you don’t repent, you’ll pay one day.”


On Friday, November 25th, New York Police Department (NYPD) officers and agents with Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) were back on the scene of the shooting looking for evidence.

As of this writing, there is no information on a suspect and it remains unclear who the shooter was targeting.

Neighbors were left shaken by the brazen daylight holiday shooting and said they are scared to let their children go outside. Samantha Wright, 35, said that the shots rang out while she was in her kitchen. She added:

“I heard three shots – pop, pop, pop – right behind each other. They sounded like firecrackers, but I said, ‘no, that’s not firecrackers.’ I was scared to look outside.”

Wright said that she too sent her own 14-year-old daughter to the store prior to the shooting. She said:

“Not even our kids are safe here  and you can’t keep them inside the house. They have to go outside. It’s really sad.”

Another mom said that the parents in the community need to stand together and take things into their own hands. The woman said:

“I do not think I will really let them go outside now. Like, they really would have to make it safer for the children because now it’s to the point where a 14-year-old cannot go outside.”

The woman added:

“I think we’d travel if they ever wanted to go outside … Lately, it has been crazy with the gun violence.”

Neftaly Gonzalez, 60, who lives in the nearby Edewald Houses said that the current state of the city is a “real tragedy,” adding:

“A child can’t walk to the store anymore. It’s terrible. You see people protest all the time, but nothing has changed. You still see people getting shot every day. A young age like that, she is gonna have to live with the trauma for the rest of her life. It shouldn’t have happened. It is a real tragedy what’s happening nowadays.”

According to reports, in October alone, nearly eight innocent people were struck by stray bullets, including another 14-year-old who was shot in the leg outside his Staten Island High School.

Cops said that the 14-year-old girl was one of four victims in four separate shootings in the five boroughs on Thanksgiving day, including two fatal incidents in the Bronx.

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