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Bloomberg Meets With Dad of 11-Year-Old Girl Paralyzed By Stray Bullet

By Nikhita Venugopal | June 3, 2013 4:07pm | Updated on June 3, 2013 5:31pm
 The calm of a warm spring night in Bed-Stuy was shattered when a 17-year-old gunman out hunting a rival gang member missed his mark and struck 11-year-old Tayloni Mazyck.
Tayloni Mazyck
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BEDFORD STUYVESANT — Mayor Michael Bloomberg pledged to the father of an 11-year-old girl paralyzed after being shot in the neck outside her home that he would continue his crusade against illegal guns on Monday.

“I promised the father I would not flag in my desire to get guns out of the hands of minors and people with criminal records,” Bloomberg said, according to the Daily News. “You have the right to live in Bed-Stuy and not have bullets whiz past your head," he said.

Tayloni Mazyck was struck by a stray bullet when a teen gunman opened fire on two men standing nearby, May 31, police said.

Tayloni, or "Tutu" as she is known, was recovering at New York Presbyterian Saturday morning after doctors operated to remove the bullet, police said.

Bloomberg, who said he had spoken to Tayloni's father, confirmed that the child would never walk or use her arms again, at an unrelated City Hall press conference. 

The young girl was waiting for her aunt outside her Gates Avenue apartment building when a 17-year-old gunman began shooting as he walked down Throop Ave., targeting two men standing outside 590 Gates Ave., about 8: 30 p.m., police said.

The shooter, identified as Kane Cooper, was charged with attempted murder, assault, criminal use of a fireman and reckless endangerment, police said.

Bloomberg continued to praised NYPD's crime reduction efforts and his support for "Stop and Frisk."

“The last thing we need to do is take the tools away from them that’s produce spectacular results,” he said.