Police: 13-year-old girl hit by stray bullet while sitting on Bed-Stuy bench

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A young girl is recovering after being shot while sitting on a park bench in Bed-Stuy.

Police say the 13-year-old girl is in stable condition. They do not believe she was the intended target.

Investigators say the teen was sitting on a park bench at St. Andrew's Playground when a fight broke out inside just before 8 p.m. That is when they say she was hit by a stray bullet in the shoulder.

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She was rushed to the hospital where police say she is in stable condition. News 12 spoke to some people in the neighborhood, including a girl who was the young victim's friend. They say she was an innocent bystander and she's horrified by what happened to her friend.

"My sister was upstairs and called me and said she got shot so everybody was like, ‘Where is she at, is she OK?’ And then they said she's OK, it went through, it didn't stay stuck in her body," says Seanaysha Fulton, a friend of the victim.

Police are searching for another teen who was last seen in green pants and a white shirt running eastbound on Herkimer Street.

Councilman Robert Cornegy took to Twitter to say, "Young people, so many of whom are speaking out against gun violence, should be able to enjoy the park without fear of getting shot. I want to highlight the work of groups like Neighbors in Action and SOS Bed-Stuy who are working to make our community safer."

 

Anyone with information is asked to call police.

 

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