A New York City 13-year-old boy is dead after he was targeted in what police suspect was a gang-related shooting.
Jaryan Elliot was outside Angels Café in the Bronx around 3:15 p.m. on July 11 when a gunman got out of a sedan and fired multiple times, striking the boy in his leg and arm, according to police.
The teenager was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
“I saw him, because he died here inside the restaurant,” a worker at the café told the New York Daily News. “He came in, fell, and died in the restaurant. We didn’t see what happened though.”
“It happened so fast. There were a lot of people in the restaurant. Everyone started running. People started running into the kitchen,” the eyewitness to the death continued. “We all hid, just because we were afraid they might keep shooting. It happened so fast. He didn’t say anything. He just fell.”
“Honestly in this neighborhood you see a lot of things. It’s very dangerous,” she noted. “It’s not the first time someone has been shot, but it’s the first time it was so close.”
Richie Madera, 20, knew the victim and said he was a “good kid,” according to The New York Times.
“We have to get serious and smarter on crime!” City Councilman Oswald J. Feliz wrote on Twitter after the murder. “We cannot and will not continue to lose our children!”