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6 Wounded in Brownsville Shooting

Monday, July 30, 2012

Six people, including two children, were wounded in a drive-by shooting in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn Sunday evening.

Kenneth Thomas, 27, was one of the people shot that evening. He was on his way to the store when he got shot in the leg. It was the second time he’d been shot. He took a bullet in his other leg when he was 16.

"Everyday this is what we go through in Brownsville. I'm still going to come outside. It's the streets and I just got caught up in the streets. I'm still out here. What we gone do? Stay in the house? This is Brownsville, this is what we subject to," he said.

Other victims included a 2-year-old girl, who was shot in the leg, and a 13-year-old boy. All six were taken to area hospitals. None of their injuries appear to be life-threatening.

But this latest shooting may have been the tipping point for some in the neighborhood. Margie Morgan, 65, lives a couple of blocks away from where the shooting occurred.

“It’s just too much. I just want to get out of the neighborhood,” she said. “I'm scared to come outside. My granddaughter doesn't even like to come out and play. We try to get her to come out, she says she doesn't want to come out.”

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the police commissioner was conducting an investigation into the shooting, but added that it was worrisome.

“We are worried about the increase in shootings. There are more and more guns on the street. That doesn’t stop. The good news is we’re still on a record for a low murder rate,” Bloomberg said. “But one shooting is one shooting too many. And we’re going to work as hard as we can do bring it down.”

He repeated his call for getting illegal guns off the street, as well as putting pressure on elected officials.

Karen Harper, 51, whose mother lives in the neighborhood, had another suggestion. “Personally, I would put everyone on a curfew, the kids need to be on a curfew.  My mother doesn't even come outside. It's like she's in jail. And she just comes out once a while to get her little commissary and come back in." Harper grew up in the neighborhood, but now lives in Georgia.

No arrests have been made, but police are looking for a white Nissan Altima with Florida plates which they say may be connected to the shooting.

This is the latest shooting in which children have been injured by stray bullets. Last Sunday, a 4-year-old boy was fatally shot during a gunfight at a basketball game in the Bronx.

Colby Hamilton and Jorteh Senah contributed reporting.

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