4-year-old boy killed by a stray bullet on Bronx playground www.privateofficer.com
Bronx NY July 24 2012 A 4-year-old boy was killed by a stray bullet in a Bronx playground last night as two thugs, angry over a dispute following a basketball game, began firing at each other, law-enforcement sources said.
“The mom said, ‘Oh no! Oh no! Not my kid!’ ” after learning the victim was little Lloyd Morgan, a witness said.
Two men were also wounded in the shootout — which occurred around 9:40 p.m. at the playground, where about 100 people had gathered for the basketball game and a barbecue.
The men, 21 and 28 years old, were in stable condition.
The shooting took place at the Forest Houses on East 165th Street in Morrisania. The basketball game was part of a tournament for a teenage girl who was stabbed last year, residents said.
Lloyd was shot while playing near the basketball court. He was rushed to Lincoln Hospital, where he died.
“People were screaming and the paramedics ran to him,” said witness Angelo Rodriguez, 53. “They came with the stretcher and ran him to the ambulance.”
State Assemblyman Eric Stevenson, who rushed to the scene, said the tragedy forced him to rethink his criticism of the NYPD’s policy of stop-and-frisk.
“There is a 4-year-old dead. Now we should really consider not stopping stop-and-frisk,” Stevenson said.
“I’m going to have to start supporting stop-and-frisk.
“We need to give the police leverage to use stop-and-frisk. They should be allowed to do it,” he said
The bloodshed began when an argument erupted at the end of the game, which featured a team with the name The Ghetto Angels, authorities said.
“The basketball game started on the wrong foot,” said Stevenson. “It’s a bad name of a team for starters.
“The basketball game ended, people dispersed and shots rang out,” added Stevenson, who represents the area.
A woman, who asked not to be identified, said she “heard shooting and people screaming. They were screaming and running.
“It sounded like a machine gun or something. I would guess 15 or 17 shots.”
Rodriguez said shell casings were found in a dimly lit area behind the playground.
“They shot across [the playground] towards the basketball court,” he said.
The 28-year-old victim was struck in the stomach and the 21-year-old was wounded in the arm.
It wasn’t immediately clear if those men were innocent victims or targets.
Sources said a 9mm and a .45-caliber gun were used in the shootout.