Every year, nearly 3000 children and teens die from gunfire, and nearly 14,000 are injured.

Monday, July 23, 2012

4-year old Bronx boy killed in park by stray bullet

Lloyd Morgan, age 4
4-year old Lloyd Morgan was playing at a playground in the Bronx, New York, while a basketball game was being played nearby.  The game was being played in memorium for a young woman killed a year before.

An argument broke out in the basketball game.  Shots were fired.

One of those bullets hit Lloyd, killing him.  Two young men were also wounded.

No arrests have yet been made.

From an article:
The gunfire broke out on a basketball court during a game that was being played as part of a memorial for a victim of violence, a woman who died here more than a year ago, residents said. 
Little Lloyd Morgan, who was caught in the crossfire when gunshots erupted around 9:30 p.m. in the park in the Forest Houses in Morrisania, was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
"My baby is gone," said his mother, Shianne Norman. 
Authorities say two other men were also shot. A 27-year-old was shot in the stomach and a 21-year-old was shot in the arm. Both are expected to survive. 
"A massive amount of shots just out of the blue, and then another massive amount of shots out of the blue, and then my baby was gone," his mother sobbed. 
Residents described chaos as people began running throughout the park and parents grabbed their children.  
Shooter Rondell Pinkerton, age 17
Bullets don't know when to stop.

UPDATE (7/25/12):  A 17-year old boy, Rondell Pinkerton, has been arrested for the shooting.  He used a .45-caliber handgun.

Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

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