An innocent bystander who was fatally shot in broad daylight on his way home from school has been identified as 11-year-old Kyhara Tay of New York, United States
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An 11-year-old girl was tragically killed by a stray bullet while walking home from school with a friend in broad daylight.
Shortly before 5 p.m. local time on Monday, two armed men were riding a moped through the Bronx, New York, when the man on the back suddenly opened fire.
The two men, both dressed in dark sweatshirts, immediately fled the scene of the shooting, heading north on Fox Street.
Police sources told NBC News that Tay wasn’t the intended target but was unfortunately caught in the crossfire from a block away.
The young girl was hit by a bullet in the stomach and then taken to Lincoln Hospital about two miles away, where she died surrounded by family members.
Witness Maya Jones told NBC that Kyhara “kept going ‘ow, ow, ow’ and held her stomach.”
Jones said they were trying to figure out where she was being shot and checking different parts of her body while she was holding on to different spots in pain, but suddenly she stopped responding.
He continued: “When I heard her age I broke down because it was like she just got out of school and it’s like why her? Why does it have to be her? Why are you all doing this?”
She describes how she was traumatized at the thought of Kyhara’s future being ripped away and that anyone could have been shot.
Their target was reportedly another man they were stalking near Westchester Avenue and Fox Street in the Foxhurst neighborhood of the Bronx, New York City police said.
But as a result of their reckless shots, Kyhara was hit instead.
“She was right next to me when it happened,” the young girl’s friend told the New York Post. She also describes holding her stomach and writhing in pain.
Trying to escape the gunfire, Kyhara ran to a nearby nail salon, New Kim Nails.
Jones describes putting pressure on the girl’s wound before turning blue from the blood loss and eventually passing out.
This is the second time this year that a young child has been shot in the Bronx. In January, an 11-month-old girl was shot in the face while she was in a car with her mother.
The baby is now recovering at home after almost four months of rehabilitation in hospital after having to learn to eat and walk again.
Deputy Chief of Police Timothy McCormack said at a news conference following the shooting: “This is the second child to be shot in this county this year – an 11-month-old and now an 11-year-old. This is very difficult for us to accept. We will chase the scooter as far as we can.”
New York City Police Department Crime Stoppers posted video of the shooting on Twitter and urged anyone with information about the suspects to call the police.
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