12-Year-Old Boy Shot in Ankle While Outside With Friends Was Targeted: Police - NBC New York

12-Year-Old Boy Shot in Ankle While Outside With Friends Was Targeted: Police

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    12-Year-Old Boy Shot While Playing Outside With Friends: Police

    A 12-year-old boy was hurt after he shot in the ankle while playing outside with friends in Brooklyn, police say. Katherine Creag reports.

    (Published Tuesday, May 9, 2017)

    A 12-year-old boy who was outside playing with his friends was shot in the leg and police say he was the intended target, according to authorities.

    The shooting, which happened around 10 p.m. Monday in Brooklyn was gang related, officials said.

    The boy was shot in the leg at a courtyard outside the Louis H. Pink Houses Community Center on Linden Boulevard in East New York, according to the NYPD.

    Earlier in the day, two different "crews" had gotten into an argument and shots were fired, but nobody was hit, police said. 

    The first group said they would be back and would not miss, authorities said. 

    They then returned and hit the boy, who was targeted, officials said. 

    At first the boy didn't realize he was hit when he heard shots ring out, authorities said, but he then felt pain and somebody noticed he was shot in the ankle, officials said.

    The boy, along with some friends, made the five-minute walk from the community center to his home, where 911 was called, according to authorities. 

    He was taken to an area hospital, where he is in serious but stable condition, police said.

    Police said there is no word on any suspects.

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