The mom of a 13-year-old boy who was shot at a Bronx basketball court docket slammed NYPD’s prime cop Wednesday over the most recent occasion of teen violence.
“What are you doing?” Suleykie Rivera, 33, replied when requested if she had a message for Police Commissioner Dermot Shea. “How are you going about this?
“There are kids between 13 and 18 dying,” Rivera continued. “Where are they getting these guns? Who’s giving it to them? Who’s allowing them to carry them? It’s just crazy. They’re just babies. All these kids is babies.”
Her son, Jose Peredes, was taking part in basketball at Hunts Point Playground round 5:45 p.m. Thursday when police mentioned one other 13-year-old nicknamed “Chulo” shot him.
Rivera mentioned the suspected gunman, who was charged with tried homicide Tuesday, messaged her son on Snapchat a day earlier than the incident, warning, “I’m going to shoot you.”
She mentioned the teen gunman adopted by on the menace, sending her son to Harlem Hospital with a gunshot wound to the knee. Rivera mentioned she doesn’t know the suspect or his household.
“He’s in shock right now, so right now he’s not really talking and it’s just sad,” she mentioned of her son, who’s on the honour roll and performs soccer at Hunts Point Middle School. “It’s children and children, you know. Kids making an attempt to kill one another.
“It’s sad for my son that he got shot but it’s also sad for the little boy that shot my son because he’s also a kid,” Rivera added.
The violence comes amid a disturbing surge in teen shootings within the borough in latest months.
Last week, authorities unsealed an indictment charging 13 reputed gang members as younger as 16 with a lethal bloody spree that terrorized the Bronx over the summer season.
“I feel like the cops need to be out here more,” Rivera mentioned. “I’m still in shock that my son got shot and is in the hospital. I feel like, you know, there should be more cops out there for these kids, especially kids coming out of school, playing in the playground.”
The NYPD didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.