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15-Year-Old NYC Boy Dies, at Least 12 Others Shot in Span of Six Hours on Memorial Day

No arrests have been made in any of the cases

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A teenage boy died following a shooting in New York City that injured another person on Memorial Day, and five other people were also wounded in a separate shooting the same day, according to law enforcement officials.

The NYPD says the 15-year-old boy and a 30-year-old man were standing near Lexington Avenue and East 123 Street in Manhattan late Monday night when a gunman opened fire.

The teen, later identified as Amir James of the Bronx, was pronounced dead at the scene. The other victim was shot in his right knee, and is expected to survive.

The parents of James said that the bullet was not intended for the sophomore at Thurgood Marshall Academy, who liked basketball and cooking. James' mother, Atara, said her son "didn't actually speak too much, but he was a good person, very humorous, always helped out."

Atara and Joe Anthony James live in the Highbridge neighborhood of the Bronx, but said Amir lived in East Harlem with his grandmother. They said he was there with his older sister around 10:30 p.m. when she went inside a deli to get a sandwich. When he heard gunshots, Amir's parents believe he went to run inside to warn her and was shot in the back.

"I actually think he ran in front of the bullet, that's how he was shot through the back to the heart — to save his sister," Joe Anthony James said.

In another shooting earlier Monday night, police say five men were shot outside a bodega on Hancock Street and Knickerbocker Avenue in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn. The victim's ages ranged from 19 to 38 years old and they're all expected to survive.

The shootings mark a violent night across the five boroughs. Police say a total of 13 people were shot in a span of six hours on Monday.

No arrests have been made in either shootings and investigations are ongoing, police said.

NBC New York's Gaby Acevedo reports.
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