Gunfire Erupts in Broad Daylight on Brooklyn Street

By Ben Fractenberg and Leslie Albrecht  on May 31, 2012 5:15pm

A 10-year-old girl was shot in the leg outside 158 Hull St. on Thursday, May 31, 2012.
A 10-year-old girl was shot in the leg outside 158 Hull St. on Thursday, May 31, 2012.
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BROWNSVILLE — A broad daylight shootout on a Brownsville street left residents shaken on Thursday, police said.

Gunfire erupted outside 158 Hull St., near Stone Avenue, at approximately 2:30 p.m. as school was emptying children onto the streets.

Initially, police reported that a bullet grazed the thigh of a 10-year-old girl, but the NYPD as since corrected that statement. Nobody was injured in the gunfire, police said.

The news station 1010 WINS reported that police arrested three individuals related to the incident, but a police spokesman could not confirm that Wednesday night.

A 40-year-old neighbor who lives across the street from where the shootout occurred said gang activity and drug dealing are common in the neighborhood. "It's getting worse," said the woman, who's lived in the area for two years. "They don't care what time, they do anything on this block."

But a longtime resident who heard the gunshot said safety had improved since she moved to the block in 1989. "Back then, you'd hear gunfire every single night," she said.

She said cops responded "in no time at all" to Thursday's shooting and quickly put the block on lockdown.

Editor's Note 7:50 p.m.: Though police initially said the child had been grazed by a bullet, police later said the girl wasn't shot or grazed. A girl who identified herself as the victim told a DNAinfo reporter early Thursday evening she wasn't injured in the shooting.

 

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