11-month-old girl in critical condition after being shot in the face, caught in crossfire in the Bronx

The shooting happened shortly before 7 p.m., when an armed man chased another man down the street and fired two shots, Deputy Chief of Staff Timothy McCormack of the New York Police Department said during a news conference. Mother and child were parked on a corner while the child’s father was in a nearby grocery store when the shots were fired and wounded the girl in her left cheek, police said.

Police were on the scene and interviewed witnesses and investigated the area for video of the incident, McCormack said.

“This is not the city our kids need to grow up in. And we need help,” New York Mayor Eric Adams said Wednesday night. He called the shooting a “wake-up call” and called on lawmakers and district attorneys to address the issue of gun violence in the city.

“We need help from Albany, we need help from our district prosecutors, and we need help to make sure we do not continue to put young people in the path of violence. We are losing at both ends.”

Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson reiterated the mayor’s remarks.

“This has been a state of emergency,” Gibson said. “We are beyond this to be a cry for help when a mother can not sit in her car with her child, to have to hear a shot and think that it was a rock that hit her car and realized that her baby was shot.

“This is not normal and we will never accept this violence as normal,” Gibson added. “This is a crisis. We need help.”

The shooting in the Bronx highlights the nationwide impact of gun violence on children in the United States this year.

Forty children aged 11 and under have been injured by gunshots during the first three weeks of 2022, according to Archive for gun violence, which collects data from shooting incidents. So far this year, shootings have claimed the lives of 15 children in that age group.

For teens ages 12-17, 163 have been injured and 65 have been killed, GVA data showed.

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