NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – New video shows a brazen shoot in a playground in the Bronx in the middle of the day with kids.
As reported by CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge on Tuesday, gun crime has increased in the region in recent months.
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Two suspects on a scooter are featured in a video passing the Magenta Playground on Olinville Avenue and Rosewood Street at 3:30 p.m. on March 12. The man driving behind pulls out a gun and shoots several rounds right near this climbing device.
“It could be my child. It could be anyone’s child. It’s not cool to shoot shots in a park that has kids, ”said Elizabeth Carreras, Olinville resident.
No one was hit by the gunshots, but the video shows several children on the swing nearby. There was also a group of elderly people near the climbing device that investigators believe the suspects were targeting.
“They do not care. You don’t think It’s just sad, ”said resident Jhenar Thomas.
“That is extremely alarming. I only moved here a year ago and that’s crazy, ”added Noel Watson.
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Police said the bullets damaged three parked cars. Fortunately, everyone was empty.
Officers are also looking for a white Acura with damage to the bumper that is believed to be involved in the incident.
According to police, 10 people have been shot dead in the 47th district since January, compared with four at that time last year. Officers also arrested 49 guns, up from 18 at this point in 2020.
“This is proof that we as a society have a problem with guns,” said resident Jason Gonzalez. “We have to do our best and see what we can do to remove guns from the streets that only end up in the hands of the wrong people.”
The NYPD is seeking help from the community in identifying both suspects. One wore a black mask, gray sweater, jeans and white sneakers, the other a black mask, yellow sweater, jeans and white sneakers.
Police said whoever is responsible will face ruthless endangerment charges.
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Anyone with any information is encouraged to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish at 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit a tip through the website or on Twitter at @NYPDTips. All calls are treated confidentially.