A 16-year-old girl was injured when she was hit by a stray bullet during a violent altercation on a street corner in Brooklyn. The incident occurred late Thursday night at the intersection of Linden Boulevard and Utica Avenue in East Flatbush. Authorities believe the girl was an innocent bystander caught in the crossfire between a group of men in an altercation.
The altercation turned violent when one of the men involved pulled out a gun and fired at a 29-year-old male target. In the chaos, a stray bullet veered off course and hit the teenage girl in the buttocks. Authorities believe she was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time and had no involvement in the dispute.
Both the injured girl and the targeted man were rushed to nearby hospitals. The girl was taken to Maimonides Medical Center, where she is currently in stable condition. The man, who was shot in the torso and leg, was transported to Kings County Hospital Center, also in stable condition.
In addition to the incident in Brooklyn, at least two other shootings were reported overnight. In the Clason Point section of the Bronx, a 38-year-old man was shot in the neck on Lafayette Avenue near Soundview Avenue around 10:40 p.m. on Thursday. He was taken to Jacobi Medical Center and is listed in stable condition.
In Harlem, around 12:30 a.m. on Friday, an 18-year-old man was shot in the leg on the grounds of NYCHA’s Polo Grounds Towers on Frederick Douglass Boulevard near West 155th Street. The victim was transported to Harlem Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The male suspect fled from the crime scene in a sedan, and no arrests have been made in connection with either of these shootings.
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