The violence in New York City this year has flooded the streets and overflown into communities, leading to the death of kids across the city. In 2022, more than 150 kids were shot in NYC streets as a result of gun violence.
The children of New York City have access to guns and are using them against their own. According to the NYPD, 98 shootings that took place in the city since September 1st were conducted by youths. 119 targets of gun violence were aged 18 or younger.
On April 8th, Angellyh Yambo was struck and killed by a stray bullet outside of her high school after dismissal in the South Bronx. Yambo was 16-years-old and a straight-A student. She was not the intended victim of the attack.
On May 16th, 11-year-old Kyhara Tay was killed when a group of teenagers riding mopeds opened gunfire in the Bronx. Their intended target was a 13-year-old but Tay was killed in the chaos.
On June 7th, Tamima Samira was struck in the leg by a stray bullet while sitting at her Queens home dining table, studying for exams. The bullets came from an altercation outside her home, with several other bullets being found lodged into the doorframe of her house. After hearing the gunshots ring outside her house, she moved to another room in the house with her family when she reportedly felt a stinging feeling in her leg, only to look down and see blood. She survived.
On September 18th, Shayma Roman was struck by stray bullets in Crown Heights. Gunmen opened fire and Roman, 17, fell victim to the gunfire. She was not the intended victim. She died in her older sister’s arms. She was a very talented basketball player.
On October 11th, 17-year-old Raelynn Cameron was killed by gunfire while at a party in Brooklyn. Police reports say she turned down the advances 22-year-old Javone Duncan at the party, who then proceeded to shoot and kill her.
On October 15th, Jayjon Burnett was killed on the A train in Queens when two groups of teenagers got into a fight. Burnett, who was 15-years-old, was shot by one of the teenagers, later identified as 18-year-old Keyondre Russell.
On November 30th, 14-year-old Prince Shabazz was walking in the Bronx with his 15-year-old brother when they were attacked by gunmen. Shabazz was killed by the gunfire in what police reports claim to have been a hit over beef caused by drill rap songs. The 15-year-old brother was not injured and survived the encounter while his brother did not.
On December 6th, 17-year-old Keyaira Rattray-Brothers was shot and killed at the Kingsborough housing projects in Brooklyn. She was shot in the chest by assailant Sundance Oliver after he opened gunfire in the building. Oliver was on parole for a previous felony robbery conviction in 2014.
On December 30th, a 17-year-old boy was shot and killed in an apartment building in Brooklyn. The shooting took place at approximately 8:55 p.m. in Flatbush. No arrests have been made at the time of reporting.
LittleAfrica News has been covering gun violence in New York City and how it has affected the young community. Too many children fell victim to gun violence in New York City. 2022 saw a 3% increase in youths under 18 being shot when compared to 2021
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