A 15-year-old boy is being charged with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of 11-year-old Kyahara Tay, who died after being struck by a stray bullet in the Bronx on Monday.
The teen, whose identify is being withheld by Gothamist, was arrested at a lodge on Pugsley Avenue in the Parkchester part of the borough round 2 a.m. Friday, police stated at a information convention.
He’s being charged as an grownup with second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter, and second-degree prison possession of a weapon.
Police stated the 15-year-old was driving on the again of a scooter pushed by a second suspect recognized as 18-year-old Omar Bojang on Monday when he fired the shot, which was meant for a 13-year-old boy they have been chasing. The bullet as an alternative hit Tay, who was standing on the sidewalk close by. She was taken to Lincoln Hospital, the place she later died.
“He ended the life of a totally innocent, completely uninvolved 11-year-old girl,” NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell stated on Friday. “They have devastated a family while at the same time ending their own lives as they know them.”
The 15-year-old suspect has no prior arrests, police stated. His earlier contacts with police embrace an incident in October 2019, when he was assaulted at 12 years outdated. He was additionally a sufferer of a shooting himself earlier this yr in the Bronx.
“It’s a brutal cycle of neglect, violence and victimhood, a revolving door that places our children in harm’s way,” stated Mayor Eric Adams, who was at the information convention alongside Sewell on Friday.
Investigators are nonetheless searching for Bojang, who has prior arrests, together with one gun arrest in June 2020, in response to police. The motive for Monday’s shooting stays below investigation.
Adams stated that whereas the NYPD will do its half in addressing gun violence on the entrance strains, different companies should take preventative actions.
“They’re rolling out their summer plan, but every agency that’s involved with young people also must produce a plan to complement what the police department is doing,” Adams stated.
“By the time someone carries a gun, discharges a gun, we already failed as a city.”
The mayor stated he desires companies together with the metropolis Division of Training and the Division of Youth and Neighborhood Improvement–which oversees the Summer season Youth Employment Program–to have plans in place to stop gun violence. He is additionally urging enterprise communities and religion leaders to pitch in on the effort.
Shootings are barely down throughout the metropolis this yr in comparison with the similar time final yr, although the Bronx has not too long ago seen an uptick.
“It’s incomprehensible, but it’s no longer incredible for what’s happening to us in the Bronx,” Bronx DA Darcel Clark stated on Friday.
This yr in the Bronx 49 kids aged 17 years or youthful have been arrested for gun possession, in response to Clark. Sixteen kids aged 16 years or youthful have been shot in the Bronx up to now this yr, two of them fatally.
“We feel so much anguish over the death of little Kyahara Tay,” Clark stated. “But also the tragedy here is that we’re talking about a gunman who is too young to be called the gunman because he’s 15 years old. A 15-year-old who possessed a gun, fired a gun on a busy street at five o’clock in the afternoon with no thought about his own human life or that of anybody else in the community.”
Clark urged Bojang to show himself in, or for these round him to take action.
“Enough is enough,” she stated.