Three young people, including a 14-year-old girl, were shot after gunfire erupted on a Queens street late Wednesday afternoon, police said.
The shots rang out just after 4 p.m. on 188th Street between 48th and 50th avenues in Fresh Meadows, according to police. Two 18-year-old men were shot in the legs, while a bullet struck the younger teen girl in the neck.
The girl was listed in critical condition but was expected to survive. The other two teens — one shot in the stomach, the other in the hip — also suffered injuries not considered to be life-threatening.
The girl was taken to Long Island Jewish Hospital; it was not clear where the 18-year-olds were taken.
Police said that it appeared someone fired at the teens deliberately, but motive for the shooting was not immediately clear. Police are still looking for the shooter, and no arrests have been made.
"Two vehicles pulled up to them, several males exited the vehicle and exchanged words with one or more of the people on the sidewalk. During the argument, one of the males from the car fired numerous rounds striking the victims," said NYPD Assistant Chief Ruben Beltran.
Police said the shooter and the people he was with in the two cars sped away afterward.
New York State Assemblywoman said in a joint statement with NYC Councilmembers Linda Lee and James Gennaro, all of whom represent sections of Queens, said that "two high school aged individuals" were shot, and that they were calling for "a renewed commitment from all levels of government to tackle the rising gun violence across New York City."
An investigation is ongoing.