Police are seeking the killer of a teenager who was gunned down near his home on the Lower East Side.
Sixteen-year-old Raphael Ward was shot in the chest just after 9 p.m. Friday near Rivington and Columbia streets. He was pronounced dead at Beth Israel Medical Center.
Ward lived with his mother and brother nearby in the Baruch Houses. Ward was known as a star shortstop for baseball teams organized by the local Boys Club.
A neighbor said Ward was a talented athlete known around the neighborhood as an all around good kid.
Police have made no arrests in the shooting, but several people from the community told NBC 4 New York that they believed the shooter was a 12-year-old boy.