Early yesterday morning, 12-year-old honors student Kirsys Rodriguez was shot in the lower back when a fight broke out in the Fordham section of the Bronx. The Daily News reports "rival gangs of Dominicans and African-Americans started arguing" during a party, and the fight spilled out to the street. At least 20 men were "facing off over accusations someone had stolen the $200 cell phone."
One of the men started firing a gun, and Kirsys and her friends, who were leaving the party around 3AM, tried to buzz into another building to get away from the gunfire. But, according to the Post, "someone inside the building ordered the group to get out of the doorway and sent them back to the chaotic street." Someone driving by stopped and took Kirsys to St. Barnabas Hospital; she was later transferred to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/ Columbia University Medical Center, where she is in critical but stable condition. Her sister told the Daily News, "[The shooter is] dead if I see him. It's so stupid. What can I say?" Her friend told the Post, "She asked her mother [if she could go to the party], but her mother didn't know it was dangerous. I didn't know she was going. I would have told her not to because of the problems."
The basement apartment at 2466 Marion Avenue apparently holds many parties for underage teens and youth. A 20-year-old was killed in 2005 after leaving party there. The police have not made any arrests, but believe that some members of the gang, Dominicans Don't Play, may be involved. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said, "One shooting is one too many, but particularly when it affects a young person 12 years old. Apparently, she was just an innocent bystander."