A 14-year-old boy was shot and killed on a Bronx street this morning.
The NYPD says officers responded to a call about a person shot at 8:30 a.m. When they arrived, they found a 14-year-old boy unconscious in front of 1174 Sheridan Avenue. The boy had three gunshot wounds to the abdomen and one to the head, and EMS pronounced him dead at the scene.
According to the Daily News, the boy is named Christopher Duran and he called "Mommy! Mommy!" after he was shot "in what police suspect was a gang-related attack."
“Oh my God, oh my God, my son!" Duran’s mother cried out as she raced to the crime scene.
Gerardo Moreno, who lives nearby, said he knew Duran. He said he heard six shots and raced downstairs from his South Bronx apartment to see what happened.
"I've known him since he was 11 years old,” Moreno, 19, said. “It shocks me such a little kid to have his life taken away. His mother was screaming out, crying hysterically. She was sobbing.”
Police say that two males fled the scene; the investigation is continuing. WCBS 2 reports that one suspect is in custody.
WABC 7 reports, "Authorities say [the victim] was associated with a local gang and already has several prior arrests as a juvenile, and the shooting happened in part of an NYPD Impact Zone, where the department sends officers to beef up their police presence because of the known gang activity."
Photographer David Torres says the victim's father was at the scene, and wondered why his son's killers didn't just beat him up—they didn't need to kill him. Other distraught relatives were also gathering.