Ailsa Chang is an award-winning journalist who covers criminal justice, terrorism and the courts for WNYC. She found her way into public radio after practicing law for five years, and can definitely say that walking the streets of New York City with a microphone is a lot more fun than being holed up in the office writing letters to opposing counsel.
Five Gang Members Charged in Bronx Shooting
Thursday, November 19, 2009
New York, NY —
Police say five members of the Bloods street gang, face attempted murder charges in a Bronx shooting that caught a high school girl in the crossfire. The accused shooter is a 16-year-old boy. The others are 18 through 23. Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Junior, says he'll reach out to gang leaders for a talk.
DIAZ: We've had it - this sick culture of criminals, young men who believe that they could settle their differences with gunplay.
REPORTER: Crossfire also killed a South Bronx woman in front of her son in September, and a 92-year-old woman in Williamsbridge last month.
Police say the intended target of the Monday shooting remains hospitalized with a bullet in his lung. And 15-year old Vada Vasquez, who was caught in the crossfire is hospitalized in a medically-induced coma.