In the aftermath of three November shootings in which innocent Bronx teens were gunned down, friends of one of the victims are urging witnesses to come forward. Following the death of 17-year-old Issi Ariel Dominguez — who cops believe was not the intended target when a gunman fired into a crowd after a party this weekend — friend Ruthie Gomez told NY1: "You better snitch, we are going to find him. We are going to find whoever did it, I don't care."
Dominguez's death came two weeks after Bronx 15-year-old Vada Vasquez was shot in the head with a stray bullet, and just a day after a Bronx 16-year-old girl was hit with an errant shot. Though crime — including shootings — is down citywide, there was an uptick in shootings last week, according to the Post.
Mayor Bloomberg emphasized greater gun control and improving school ways of making the streets safer. "We keep revamping our procedures to try and go after those on the street and find ways to get guns off the street," he said. "We try to improve our schools that will, long-term we think, reduce the crime rate." Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Junior told NY1 he hopes to secure grant money for community-based programs that will help eliminate the "sick culture of violence."