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Bullet narrowly misses 13-year-old boy in lower Manhattan NYCHA apartment

2020-07-19

A sleeping 13-year-old boy escaped injury early Wednesday when a bullet fired across the street from his apartment in the Jacob Riis Houses in lower Manhattan, said police sources.

The bullet was fired from across Ave. D near E. 10th St. about 12:30 a.m. and went through an apartment window, a curtain, a wall and into the boy’s room, said police sources.

Bullet fragments were found on the floor near the boy’s bed, the sources said. Shell casings were found on the sidewalk opposite the apartment.

The family in the apartment in the Alphabet City NYCHA project did not call 911 until just before 10:30 a.m.

Shootings in New York City Housing Authority developments are up 56% this year. Police have counted 131 such incidents so far in 2020, compared to 84 in the same period of 2019.

So far in July, police have recorded 51 shootings in NYCHA developments, versus just 12 in 2019 — an increase of 325%.