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Two teenagers were shot dead in New York on Tuesday as officials pleaded with residents to help authorities tackle the gun violence plaguing the city.
The boys, aged 14 and 15, entered a delicatessen in East Harlem around 4:22 p.m. before leaving. As they walked toward 128th Street and Park Avenue, a man on the corner opened fire, the New York Police Department said.
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As the boys fled, the 14-year-old was hit in the head while on a scooter and was in “a very, very serious condition,” said NYPD patrol chief Jeffrey Maddrey. , to journalists at the scene. The other teenager was shot in the left leg. His injuries are believed not to be life-threatening.
Both were taken to a local hospital.
“We need your help,” Maddrey said as he pleaded with locals to help find the shooter. “Our children. Our families, members of this community cannot experience this gun violence. They shouldn’t have to. No one in New York should have to.”
Investigators believe the teenagers were targeted and no description of the shooter has been released.
“It’s terrible,” Maddrey said. “It’s the best city in the world. We shouldn’t be afraid to go out on our streets in broad daylight in the middle of the afternoon.”
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