On a rainy Sunday afternoon in New York City, a 50-year-old woman was shot and wounded in front of a playground in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn. The shooting occurred around 2:30 p.m. on Dumont Ave near Mother Gaston Blvd, across from the sprawling Van Dyke NYCHA public housing complex.
Shot in the Back
The woman was hit in the back by gunfire. The shooter then fled the scene. It is unclear whether she was an intended target or was struck accidentally. She was transported by paramedics to Brookdale University Hospital and reported to be in stable condition. Her name has not been released.
No arrests have been made, and police have not identified any suspects. Anyone with information is urged to contact NYPD Crime Stoppers anonymously by phone at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or online at crimestoppers.nypdonline.org.
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The shooting comes amid other recent gun violence in New York City. Last week, a Brooklyn man was arrested for a triple homicide in an Upper Manhattan park. An 18-year-old was also arrested for a fatal shooting at a Brooklyn NYCHA complex.
Youth at Center of Crisis
Young people are heavily involved in New York’s gun violence, both as victims and perpetrators. A September 2022 NYPD report found that recidivism among teens has spiked over the past five years. The number of underage shooters and victims has tripled in that time. Community leaders say more must be done to address the youth gun violence crisis devastating the city’s neighborhoods.