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Mayor Adams lobbies Washington against gun violence, meets with family of 12-year-old boy shot and killed in Brooklyn


BROOKLYN (WABC) — Mayor Eric Adams met with the family of a 12-year-old boy who was shot and killed while eating in a parked car in Brooklyn.

Monday’s visit comes shortly after the mayor spoke to Washington leaders about addressing the spike in gun violence in New York.

Jenna Ellis, 19, was also in the car and remains in critical condition at Kings County Hospital after being shot six times.

“This amazing young girl was just taking care of the young members of her family, offering them food,” Mayor Adams said. “I just had them go out enjoy the day, night, stop to watch a movie and eat some food and in that moment I lost him, I lost Kade. Who’s next child?”

The black Toyota was parked at a fire hydrant at East 56 and Linden Boulevard in East Flatbush Friday night so the kids could have dinner.

Someone in a passing car shot at it, the windows were blown out and 12-year-old Kade Lewin, who was sitting in the passenger seat, was shot and killed.

Police believe it was mistaken identity after a dark-colored sedan was seen on surveillance video circling the block three times before an armed man open fire.

On Monday morning, Mayor Eric Adams met with the Lewin family and made an announcement.

They asked for help paying mounting bills for Jenna’s hospital care and Kade’s funeral costs. Donations to the family can be made at https://lisadozierfuneralservice.com/

“This violence, this gun, it has to stop. It’s too much,” said Jennifer Jones Ellis, Jenna’s mother. “My nephew, he left to never come back to this world. My daughter is lying in the hospital blaming herself. Why should she blame herself? She advocated for people to not only record crimes that occur, but instead use these phones to call the police.

“Anything I ask, please come on, please, please, someone say something. I demand justice for Kade. Please, I demand justice, please,” said Suzette Lewin, Kade’s mother.

Over the weekend, Mayor Adams spoke about gun violence on CBS.

“We have a small number of arms dealers who are just skating through the law. We are dealing with the problem of ghost weapons, is it imperative that we offer clear messages regarding ghost weapons and the kits that assemble them. And I believe Washington is going to do it, so we have to put money into the ATF,” he said.

These are long-term solutions, but the violence is skyrocketing right now. In the case of last Friday’s shooting, police are still searching for the vehicle involved, which allegedly stole Florida plates.

It is one of several recent incidents where a child has been hit by unintentional gunfire this year in New York City.

— On March 25, a 3-year-old girl was shot in the arm outside a daycare center in Brownsville, Brooklyn. She got out of the hospital.

— On March 21, a 7-year-old girl was scratched in the stomach as she and her mother were returning home to Coney Island, Brooklyn. She was treated and released.

— Jan. 29, an 11-month-old girl was shot in the face while sitting in the back of a parked car in the Bronx. She also survived.

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