Three 16-year-old victims were killed in shootings last week, the same number of teenagers killed in all of 2019, according to NYPD figures.
New York City’s progress against gun violence is facing a major setback as a new and troubling trend emerges in the wake of shootings across the five boroughs.
A recent spike in the city’s gun violence has disproportionately impacted teenaged victims. Three 16-year-old victims were killed in shootings last week, the same number of teenagers killed in all of 2019, according to NYPD figures.
Kyla Sobers, a 16-year-old shot in a Brooklyn playground on Friday, is recovering in the hospital with a piece of the bullet still lodged in her head. Police are hoping to track down people who might know information about her shooting.
Sobers has been described by police investigators as an unintended target. She was hanging out in the Boerum Hill park with friends after a day at her Cobble Hill high school when three suspects rolled up to the area on bikes and fired multiple rounds in her direction.