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

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

9-year old Bronx girl hit by stray bullet shot by 17-year old boy

Amanda Chavan, age 9
9-year old Amanda Chavan was playing in front of her grandmother's home with 5-year old little brother, Gustavo, in the Bronx, New York.

That's when a 17-year old boy, Billy James, Jr., riding on a bicycle, is believed to have opened fire, aiming at another person.  But one of the bullets hit Amanda in the stomach.  She was rushed to the hospital, where she is recovering.

From an article and news video:
Authorities released a photo of Billy James Jr., whom they are calling a person of interest in the case. 
According to police, a person between 15 and 20 years old riding a BMX-style bicycle fired several rounds, hitting the girl who was playing in front of a building on Bailey Avenue in Kingsbridge at around 9:45 p.m. 
Shooter, Billy James, Jr. age 17
The girl, who was struck in the torso, is not believed to have been the intended target. She is recovering at Jacobi Medical Center.
According to a related article with more pictures of the young victim, Amanda is afraid to go home now.

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

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