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

Sunday, January 13, 2013

16-year old New York boy gunned down by 12-year old boy

Raphael Ward, age 16
16-year old Raphael Ward was on the streets outside his New York City apartment when a gunman opened fire on him, hitting him.  Raphael sought help at a nearby convenience store, but died.

The gunman is believed to be a 12-year old boy who had a dispute with Raphael.

From an article and news video:

Sixteen-year-old Raphael Ward was shot in the chest just after 9 p.m. Friday near Rivington and Columbia streets. He was pronounced dead at Beth Israel Medical Center. 
  Ward lived with his mother and brother nearby in the Baruch Houses. Ward was known as a star shortstop for baseball teams organized by the local Boys Club.

A neighbor said Ward was a talented athlete known around the neighborhood as an all around good kid.

Police have made no arrests in the shooting, but several people from the community told NBC 4 New York that they believed the shooter was a 12-year-old boy.

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

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