BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — Residents and members of an anti-gun violence group rallied on Monday, calling for an end to neighborhood shootings like the one last week that left one teen injured.
The teen was standing in front of 320 Lexington Ave. at roughly 5 p.m. when he heard shots and then felt a sting of pain, according to police. He was taken to Kings County Hospital with a bullet wound to his buttocks and released Saturday.
S.O.S. staff said Moye was not the target. Police had no further information on the incident and no arrests have been made.
The victim’s mother, Shaquonna Moye, joined S.O.S. “violence interrupters” on Monday to draw attention to the spate of shootings this year.
“It’s really getting out of hand in this neighborhood and there’s nobody out here but S.O.S. that is rallying for this to stop,” Moye said. “I have another 15-year-old son who is scared to come out of the house because of what might happen to him.”
Friday's incident marked the first shooting in the anti-violence group’s “catchment area” since the organization started covering the neighborhood last fall. S.O.S. workers help mediate conflicts in the vicinity of Kosciuszko to Madison streets and Nostrand Avenue to Marcus Garvey Boulevard.
About a dozen residents and group members showed up for the rally on Monday. S.O.S. members handed out pamphlets and posters to locals as they held up signs that read, “DON’T SHOOT. I Want To Grow Up.”
Organizers called out to residents over a megaphone, chanting "Peace up, guns down" and urged others to get involved in ending violence in the community.
“It’s not gangsta to shoot somebody, we can talk it out like men,” said David Grant, an outreach worker for S.O.S. Bed-Stuy.
“Far too many times we look at each other but we don’t speak to each other, yet when the police shoot us, we have a lot to say about it. But when we shoot each other, it’s okay. It’s not okay. Stop shooting and start living.”