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A 13-year-old boy was shot dead in Wakefield on his way to school the Tuesday before Thanksgiving by a man on parole and bail on separate gun charges, and a local organization is trying to s ‘ensure that the community can cope adequately.
On November 23, officers from the 47th Precinct responded to a shooting call at 928 E. 223rd St. at 7.20 am. Upon arrival, they found a teenager with a gunshot wound to his neck. He was immediately transferred to Jacobi Hospital and was in stable condition, police said that day.
On Tuesday – a week after the incident – an NYPD spokesperson said they were not aware of a change in the boy’s condition.
Police quickly established a crime scene after finding the victim, Deputy Chief Kenneth Lehr, commander of the NYPD Patrol Borough Bronx said at a press conference on the day of the incident. As they searched for ballistic evidence, they encountered a man – Hubert Wiggs – who put something on the ground – soon identified as a gun – before quickly picking it up.
Lehr said cops told Wiggs, 36, to drop the six-shot gun, but he tried to hide it in his belt first. After further orders, he dropped him off and was taken into custody without incident.
Further investigation revealed that Wiggs was on parole for a firearms conviction in 2010 and on bail for a pending firearms charge in 2019, the deputy chief said.
“This fellow is out on the street today on parole for a gun, out on bail with another gun, and today he’s walking around the Bronx with a gun, ”Lehr said. “We have a 13 year old boy injured in the neck and by the grace of God he is alive here today. So this keeps happening and you have to ask yourself if it was necessary? I don’t think it is necessary. It shouldn’t have happened.
Wiggs has been charged with attempted murder, assault, criminal possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment and threatening.
The day after the shooting, members of Bronx Rises Against Gun Violence (BRAG) gathered at the location where the boy was shot to rally against the violence.
David Caba, the group’s senior program director, told the Bronx Times that while the shooting was not linked to a gang, it took place in one of the hotspots the group is monitoring for violence. He said staff members spend time in frequent target areas at night – places where they are themselves – to defuse potential violence. This teenager, however, was shot in broad daylight.
The Bronx-based group, part of Good Shepherd Services, promotes safer streets and anti-violent community standards in the borough. The group believes in using ‘credible messengers’, or people from and familiar with communities at high risk of violence, who can use conflict mediation skills to reason and relate to young people who may have problems. weapons on them.
“One of the main elements of the future of public safety lies in community programs that employ credible messengers,” Caba said. “Credible messengers have a unique reach that you won’t find anywhere else. It is an area that is developing rapidly, that is to say for and by our communities, in particular our communities of color. “
BRAG offers its free services to friends, family and other members of the community related to the gunshot victim, with a focus on non-violent healing after traumatic experiences.
“At the end of the day, we have to heal from this,” Caba said.
The group tries to intervene before people who may be angry in response to the hurt of loved ones turn to violence to cope. Staff members also work with families of victims to provide resources such as relocation, if needed. Caba said he did not anticipate the teenager’s family would need to relocate in this situation.
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