A 5-year-old girl was grazed in the head by a bullet fired as she was playing on a sidewalk in Brooklyn, possibly with her mother, Monday evening, police said
The child was near the corner of New Lots Avenue and Montauk Avenue in East New York around 6 p.m. when shots rang out. She was taken to a hospital with the graze wound but is expected to survive, police said.
She was not the intended target of the shooting, according to officials.
Police released a image of the suspected gunman on Tuesday. It shows a driver in what appears to be a gray sedan. A reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest.
The child's family, who just celebrated her birthday, and the neighborhood have been deeply effected by the gun violence and the NYPD Community Affairs Rapid Response Team visited on Tuesday to provide their services.
"We're here today to check on that child to see if the family needs anything, services that we can provide," Dt. Kaz Daughtry said.
The police department said Tuesday that combatting gun violence "remains a central focus." City statistics show that last month, there were 492 gun arrests citywide with the majority of them in Brooklyn and the Bronx.