The shooting took place at the Arcilla Playground in the Concourse section around 8:00 pm.
“Blood was running down her braids. Down her shirt. She was running. Nobody knew what was going on,” said Russell Thomas, whose 17-year-old daughter was one of the injured.
The bullet grazed the back of the head and pierced the skull. On Tuesday, she remained in intensive care at a Harlem hospital.
“She was very afraid for her life. She said, “Daddy, I don’t want to die,” he said.
Tamiya Thomas just graduated with honors from high school in Virginia. She and her twin sisters flew to New York to visit relatives in the Melrose area of the Bronx.
On Monday night, she called her father and said that they had a fun family barbecue on Teller Avenue.
A few hours later, shots were fired at a basketball game, and blood gushed from her head.
Another innocent bystander, another 17-year-old girl, was shot in the leg. She is also expected to survive.
On Tuesday, the playground remained closed. The crime scene footage served as a grim reminder that gunfire was all too familiar.
“We are in a poor area. We try our best. Parents are trying their best. It’s a safe haven to bring the kids to the park,” said resident Anthony Rodriguez.
Street violence – that’s why Russell Thomas didn’t want to raise his family in the Bronx. He and his wife rushed to the Harlem hospital, praying for a full recovery.
Surveillance video shows the crowd fleeing the park after the shooting. Some hide in the deli for shelter. The worker moved them away from the glass window and locked the front door.
“Lower your weapon. Let’s get together. Let’s communicate together. This is the only way to help the community,” Thomas said.
Police arrested the man with the gun on Monday evening, but no charges have yet been filed as of this writing.
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