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

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

4-year old boy watches shot mother die; 13-year old boy wounded in Brooklyn

29-year old Fatima Gordon was leaving a grocery store with other relatives, in Brooklyn, when a man shot her multiple times.  Fatima died while protecting her son and trying to comfort him.  

A 13-year old boy was also grazed in the shooting.  Two other men were also injured.

From an article:
Gordon was exiting a grocery store near Clarkson and Flatbush avenues with a handful of family members and her 4-year-old boy in tow when a half-dozen shots rang out.
Mortally wounded, Gordon tried to protect the child, telling her son to “Keep looking at grandma” as she breathed her last, horrified witnesses at the scene said.
“I heard five shots,” resident Nogga Schwartz, who ran to Gordon’s side after the shooting stopped, told the New York Post. “I ran outside and saw Fatima lying on her side. Her mother was holding her, cradling her head. I asked her to stay with us. She blinked and then coughed up blood.”
Other victims included a 13-year-old boy, who suffered a graze wound to the back, and two men in their 20s. One of them men was shot in the right arm and buttocks as he ran from the gunfire, police sources said.
Investigators say that Johnson was aiming at an enemy when he opened fire — hitting Gordon and his other victims by accident.
Johnson was charged with murder and attempted murder after several witnesses picked him out of lineups and was denied bail at his arraignment on Friday.
According to the article, the shooter, 21-year old Christopher Johnson, has turned himself in.  He claims that, although the woman was shot multiple times, she was not the intended victim.

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