Police Pursue Persons of Interest in Shooting Death of Girl, 14, on Bus

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    Police hope evidence gathered from a backyard in South Jamaica will help them catch the person or persons who killed 14-year-old Daja Robinson, who was riding a public bus when she was hit by a stray bullet. Marc Santia reports.

    Police have several leads and are pursuing a few persons of interest in the shooting death of a 14-year-old girl on a Queens bus Saturday, law enforcement sources tell NBC 4 New York.

    A woman reported seeing several men run through her backyard near the shooting scene at Sutphin and Rockaway boulevards in South Jamaica. The men jumped over her fence and damaged it, and pieces of the bench are being analyzed, sources said.

    Daja Robinson was hit in the head by a bullet that was fired from the street as she sat on the Q6 bus while on her way home from a sweet 16 party, police said. She was sitting about three rows from the back of the bus when she was struck.

    "It's random," said Chaniah Mackason, a classmate at Campus Magnet High School. "Everybody is shocked."

    Friends recalled Robinson as a happy girl who was "always smiling."

    "She didn't deserve this, honestly," said Demi Aquino, another student.

    Robinson was with two friends returning from the party at Onyx Lounge on Rockaway Boulevard, according to Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.

    The shots were fired towards the bus while it was moving, according to police. Investigators recovered nine bullet shell casings.

    No arrests have been made. 

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