VIDEO: Gunman Opens Fire Within Feet Of Child On Bronx Sidewalk
Bronx, NY – Police released terrifying surveillance video of a gunman who opened fire on a crowded Bronx sidewalk (video below).
Police said the incident occurred at about 2 p.m. on Feb. 22 when a man pulled out a gun and pointed it at a 19-year-old man who was standing with four other people on the sidewalk at the intersection of Gerard Avenue and McClellan Street, the New York Post reported.
In the video, a young, elementary school-aged girl wearing pink leggings and a backpack was the closest person to the gunman when he pulled out his gun and directed it at the group of people behind her.
The girl in the video turned around and started running away from the man with the gun, but she had only made it about 10 yards down the sidewalk when he started shooting.
The video showed she ducked into a business to hide right after the first shot was fired.
The gunman fired three shots in the direction of the group but his target ran off quickly across the street, and nobody was hit, the video showed.
The surveillance camera captured the gunman’s face, and police have said they believe they know who he is.
But authorities said they have not yet found a motive for the shooting.
The shooting shocked and scared residents in the neighborhood, according to the New York Post.
“It never happened, a thing like that, before. People don’t feel safe,” 50-year-old Francisco Batista told the New York Post.
Batista works in the neighborhood where the gunshots were fired.
“People shooting in the street like that? No one is safe,” he said.
A neighbor said things have gotten so bad in the area that she tries not to go outside.
“We don’t go out. We don’t go to the park. I keep my kids in the house,” 52-year-old Gifty Ameawy told the New York Post. “We’re scared.”
Another man who lives in the neighborhood said he thought the little girl was fortunate not to be shot.
“She is lucky. Like an angel is watching over her because she was really close,” 75-year-old Emmanuel Yusuf said. “You’ve got kids going up and down. Someone could get hit with a stray bullet.”
You can see the video of the incident below: