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NYPD: Shooting at Brownsville playground injure 2 cousins; 2 shooters at large

Investigators say there are two possible shooters who fired six rounds into the park most likely meant for someone else.

Mary-Lyn Buckley and News 12 Staff

Jun 4, 2024, 10:34 AM

Updated 16 days ago

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A shooting at a Brownsville playground Monday night injured two cousins. The NYPD says two shooters are still at large.
Melissa Alexander says her 9-year-old daughter, Ruanna Brown, and her 11-year-old cousin, Empress Davis Alexander, went to Hilltop Playground on Dean Street, shortly before 9 p.m.
Police say the 11-year-old's mother was watching them from a bench when a barrage of bullets were fired into the playground. They say the 9-year-old was struck in the leg and the 11-year-old in the back.
"I was crying all day, crying all night. And it's just sad. This happens all the time," said Alexander who lives down the street, "Yesterday I told God, take my life and let her live."
Authorities say both girls to Maimonides Hospital, Alexander is still undergoing medical treatment. Alexander's daughter was released this morning while the 11-year-old is still recovering in the hospital.
"I love my kid and I just want them to live long. I want them to outlive me," Alexander said.
Areletha McClain's son was in the park playing Monday night with both girls – she knows it could have been her son in the hospital.
"I could just imagine the family that was going through the horror, I could have been feeling the same pain and worrying and going through it," McClain said.
Police say it appears two shooters fired six bullets into the playground and the two young girls were not the intended targets.


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