Brooklyn shooting: Innocent 12-year-old boy killed, woman injured after shots fired in East Flatbush

EAST FLATBUSH, Brooklyn (WABC) — An innocent 12-year-old boy is dead and a woman, believed to be his cousin, has been injured in a shooting in Brooklyn.

The fatal shooting happened near East 56th Street and Linden Boulevard in East Flatbush around 7:45 pm on Thursday.

They say a 12-year-old boy, 20-year-old woman, and an 8-year-old girl were sitting inside a car after pulling over to eat food when shots rang out. Both the 12-year-old boy and 20-year-old woman were struck by the gunfire.

The boy was shot in the head and pronounced dead at the scene.

The woman was shot three times and taken to a nearby hospital, where she underwent surgery and is expected to survive.

Police say there was also an 8-year-old girl in the back seat of the car who is related to the other two victims. Fortunately, she was not injured.

“They’re killing bystanders and it’s wrong because right now that little boy is lying down in the morgue,” said Ann, a neighbor. “You walk the street. You stand up at the corner; you’re coming from the store. You don’t know what’s going to happen. You sit up in your house. People shooting right through your house. I mean, it’s terrible !”

Neighbor Charlotte Jen said she heard the gunshots as well as another distinct sound.

“I said to my daughter, ‘There’s a gunshot outside and I heard children crying.’ Maybe that was the little girl in the back of the car,” Jen said.

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Police are looking for two black sedans that were seen fleeing the scene.

The NYPD is investigating if two other cars were shooting at each other and say that these were innocent victims caught in that crossfire.

Friday morning, Governor Kathy Hochul tweeted calling for an end to violence.

Mayor Eric Adams visited the scene overnight.

“The question I continue to ask, what about the innocent people? What about people sitting in their cars who are shot and killed?” Adams said. “We hear so much about those about those who are fighting, but when we are going to start fighting for the innocent people of this city?”

“The system needs to do something about it and they are not doing anything about it,” Ann said. “They need to bring back ‘Stop and Frisk.’ They need to do it. It’s really said.”

Mayor Adams said “Stop and Frisk” isn’t coming back but he is empowering officers to go after illegal guns.

But bail reform made gun possession ineligible for pre-trial detention. That means often get arrested and released, unless more serious charges are imposed immediately.

There’s no word yet on a reason for the shooting.

This incident marked at least the fourth child struck by unintended gunfire this year in New York City.

— March 25, A 3-year-old girl was shot in the arm outside a day care in Brownsville, Brooklyn. She has been released from the hospital.

— March 21, A 7-year-old girl was grazed in the stomach as she and her mother walked home in Coney Island, Brooklyn. She was treated and released.

— Jan. 29, An 11-month-old girl shot in the face as she sat in the backseat of a car parked in the Bronx. She also survived.

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