A mom saw her 13-year-old son on a NYPD wanted poster for an assault at a Bronx playground – and turned him over to police.
The teenager, whose name wasn’t released because of his age, is accused of shooting another 13-year-old boy in the knee in a Hunts Point Playground over a SnapChat feud, according to police.
The suspect was charged with attempted murder, three counts of assault and harassment. He was released back to his mom.
The victim is in a hospital in stable condition, but has been uncooperative, according to police.
The suspect’s mom saw her son with a gun in a 27-second video posted to Crime Stoppers’ Twitter page on Sunday.
The tweet said, ‘WANTED Police cars for an Assault inside Hunts Point Playground (704 Hunts Point Avenue) #huntspoint #bronx On 10/07/21 @ 5:37 PM Reward up to $3500 Seen them? Know who they are? Call 1-800-577-TIPS or DM us! Calls are CONFIDENTIAL! #yourcityyourcall.’
A second suspect wearing a bright red shirt is seen toward the end of the video riding a bike. He’s still on the loose, according to police.
A witness told investigators the other boy gave the gun to the accused shooter, police sources told The New York Post.
A mom saw her 13-year-old son in a NYPD wanted poster with a gun and turned him over to the police
The suspect, pictured here, was charged in family court with attempted murder among other charges
The suspect’s mom turned her son in after seeing this on Crime Stoppers’ Twitter page
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea spoke about the rise in gun violence in the Bronx and the particularly disturbing trend of teenage shooters with PIX 11 Wednesday morning.
At this time last year, there were 304 gun incidents in the Bronx and 365 shooting victims. Now, there are 401 reported gun incidents and 477 victims.
‘You just shake your head,’ Shea told PIX 11. ‘It’s terrible all the way around. A 13-year-old was arrested yesterday … We have to do better as a society.’
The suspect was charged as a minor in family court versus as an adult, which has been a debated topic.
‘What do you do with a 13-year-old in this circumstance?’ Shea asked PIX 11. ‘There is no right answer. The courts will figure it out and you hope. You feel for the victim, but you also think about the side of the family of with the 13-year-old that pulled the trigger here. There are no winners.
‘And that’s the message. There are no winners with gun violence, so we all have to do more to make sure these incidents go on a steep, steep, rapid decline.’
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Gun violence numbers in the Bronx provided by PIX 11 before the station’s interview with Commissioner Shea
Commissioner Shea said on PIX 11, ‘What do you do with a 13-year-old in this circumstance?’ There is no right answer. The courts will figure it out and you hope. You feel for the victim, but you also think about the side of the family of with the 13-year-old that pulled the trigger here. There are no winners’