Girl, 16, Found Shot Dead Inside Bronx Apartment: NYPD - NBC New York

Girl, 16, Found Shot Dead Inside Bronx Apartment: NYPD



    Girl Shot and Killed in Claremont, Bronx, Apartment

    Some residents say there's so much violence in the building that they're afraid to leave their homes. Checkey Beckford reports. (Published Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015)

    A 16-year-old girl was found shot dead inside a Bronx apartment, authorities say.

    Police said the girl was found in an apartment at 363 East 171st St. in Claremont at about 6 p.m. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

    A suspect has not been identified. Police were interviewing several witnesses who were in the apartment at the time of the shooting.

    They're also searching for the weapon used in the killing, police said.

    The girl, who was shot in the face, did not live in the fourth-floor apartment. 

    Neighbor Mina Tavarez said the sound of gunfire was unmistakable: "I heard two shots." 

    The building partially serves as a shelter, and neighors said it's no stranger to crime and violence. Neighor Carmen Velez said she's afraid to leave her apartment.

    "I don't come out and I don't communicate with anyone who lives in the building," she said. 

    Police originally said the girl was 15; they now say she was 16. 

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