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The New York Police Department said Friday night that officers were looking for a sniper after a 3-year-old girl was shot dead as she left daycare with her father.
The toddler was hit in the shoulder and is expected to survive. She was leaving a daycare center in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn around 6 p.m. ET when the shooter opened fire.
“This is the third child with a gunshot wound in as many months,” NYPD Department Chief Kenneth Corey told reporters outside the daycare.
He said the officers bandaged her up and took her to the hospital in a patrol car without waiting for an ambulance. “They picked her up, they jumped in the police car,” he said.
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She remains hospitalized in stable condition, Corey said.
“Someone knows him,” Corey added, showing a photo of the masked suspect. “Help us catch him before he shoots another kid.”
Police said the girl was not the target of the shooter but had been hit by a stray bullet.
A 7-year-old girl was also shot while standing on a Brooklyn street corner with her mother on Monday. Dozens more have been shot in the city since last weekend.
“When do we come together as a community and as a city and say enough is enough? An 11-month-old child was shot two months ago,” Corey said. “Last week, a 7-year-old child was shot dead. Why does it take a 3-year-old to outrage us? What about 14 and 15 year olds? They are children. shot, sometimes by other children. We need to fix this. We have to save these children and we have to save our city.
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No arrests were made.