Detectives believe the intended target in the shooting that killed a 14-year-old girl on a Queens bus Saturday was another teen on the bus, sources tell NBC 4 New York.
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.
Sources tell NBC 4 New York that another 14-year-old girl on the bus with Robinson has received death threats since the shooting. She is believed to be initially targeted because she was bad-mouthing a gang crew in the neighborhood.
Detectives are looking for one particular person of interest they want to question.
The mother of the girl who was killed pleaded on Tuesday for the gunmen to turn themselves in.
"They're not gonna make it that far 'cause they're doing the wrong thing at a young age," said Shadia Sands. "They need to give themselves up or something bad could happen to them."
Witnesses reported seeing several men run from the scene moments after the gunshots.
Robinson was with two friends returning from the party at Onyx Lounge on Rockaway Boulevard, according to Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. It was not immediately clear if the intended target was one of those friends.
Sands said she "can't accept that she's been shot."
"She didn't deserve it, at all," Sands said.