Boy, 13, shoots and wounds Snapchat rival, also 13, in Bronx playground - mom turns suspect in after seeing wanted poster

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  • 2021-10-13 11:59:00Z
  • By NY Daily News

A 13-year-old wanted for shooting a boy the same age after threatening him on Snapchat was busted when his mother saw a wanted poster and surrendered him, police said Wednesday.

The two boys had been feuding on Snapchat - and on Oct. 6 the suspect threatened to shoot the victim, police said.

The next day, the argument moved from online messages to the street, with the 4-foot-11 and 110-pound teen allegedly shooting the victim in the left knee inside Hunts Point Playground about 5:35 p.m., police said.

"You just shake your head," NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said on PIX11 Wednesday morning. "It's terrible all the way around. We have to do better as a society."

EMS took the victim to Harlem Hospital in stable condition.

The teen shooter ran off but was captured on surveillance video, gun in hand. A second suspect, still being sought, also appears on the video, clad in a red sweatshirt and riding his bike behind the shooter, police said.

Cops released the video Sunday and asked the public's help identifying the suspect, known to police by his nickname Chulo, and tracking him down.

The suspect's mother saw a wanted poster with her son's image on it, police said.

She took him to the 41st Precinct stationhouse Tuesday afternoon, where she turned him in and asked for a lawyer, police said.

The pint-sized suspect was charged with attempted murder, assault and harassment. His name was not released because he is a minor.

Cops said that the teen shooter was processed through family court and returned to his mother's custody.

Shea said that the NYPD has been trying to get to children "before they get into the violence" but more needs to be done.

"What do you do with a 13-year-old in this circumstance?" Shea asked. "There is no right answer. The courts will figure it out and you hope. You feel for the victim, but you also think about the side of the family of the child that pulled the trigger here. There are no winners."

"That's the message - there's no winners with gun violence," he added. "So we all have to do more to make sure that these incidents go on a steep, steep, rapid decline."


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