A 14-year old girl was the victim of a random act of gun violence on Saturday after a gunman opened fire when a city bus was stopped at a traffic light.
The gunman fired ten shots into the bus, one of which hit Deja Robinson in the head. New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly commented on the girl's tragic death, saying, “Terrible – this is, as I say, another senseless shooting."
It appears that the gunman--who was outside the bus while it was stopped on Sutphin Blvd. in Jamaica--was not targeting the girl specifically. Robinson was coming home from a friend's Sweet 16 party, and officials have interviewed other attendees who say there was no altercation that would have led to the shooting.
“One thing is clear — she was not, in our judgment, the target of the shooting,” Kelly said.
So far, no arrests have been made, but witnesses describe the shooter as a male, between 18 and 25 years old, wearing a black sweater. Now, Robinson's family and friends are left to mourn the young life of a girl who was doing nothing more than riding the bus home.
“She was a good kid, she didn't deserve this,” neighborhood resident Kenny Brown said.
Sadly, Robinson is the latest in a string of accidental gunshot victims this year. In February, two teen girls in Chicago were in the wrong place at the wrong time and were hit by stray bullets. Both died from their wounds.
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