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2 Arrested in Bronx Shooting That Injured 4-Year-Old Girl, Sources Say

What to Know

  • A 4-year-old girl was among three people shot in a barrage of gunfire that broke out during a fight at a Bronx corner, police say
  • The girl was grazed in the back and two men were wounded when 17 gunshots were fired in Claremont just before noon Wednesday
  • Two men were arrested Wednesday night; they have lengthy rap sheets, according to sources

Two men were arrested Wednesday night in a shooting on a Bronx corner that injured a 4-year-old girl and two others, law enforcement sources tell News 4 New York. 

James Thomas, 57, and Fredrick Fielder, 33, were arrested in connection with the shooting, however, charges are still being sorted out, according to police sources.

Both men have criminal records and have spent time behind bars, according to the sources. 

Thomas did two terms of incarceration; from 1988 to 2014, and from 1976 to 1979. He's been convicted of murder, grand larceny and robbery, among other crimes and has been out on lifetime parole, the sources said. 

Fielder spent three years in jail and has been arrested 10 times, including for robbery, gang assault and criminal possession of a weapon. 

Thomas and Fielder were injured in Wednesday's shooting and were at Bronx Lebanon Hospital under police guard. Sources say they're the two men who were hit in the back and legs, respectively, during the shooting.  

A 4-year-old girl suffered a graze wound in the shooting, police said. She is expected to be OK. Sources said the girl is somehow connected to the men arrested, but the relationship was not immediately known. 

Some 17 shots were fired in the shooting in the Claremont neighborhood on Wednesday afternoon, NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said. 

Police did not say what sparked the violence.

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