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 minor 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 children between 13 and 18 dying,” Rivera continued. “The place are they getting these weapons? Who’s giving it to them? Who’s permitting them to hold them? It’s simply loopy. They’re simply infants. All these children is infants.”
Her son, Jose Peredes, was enjoying basketball at Hunts Level Playground round 5:45 p.m. Thursday when police stated one other 13-year-old shot him.
Rivera stated 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 stated the teenager gunman adopted by on the risk, sending her son to Harlem Hospital with a gunshot wound to the knee. Rivera stated she doesn’t know the suspect or his household.
“He’s in shock proper now, so proper now he’s not likely speaking and it’s simply unhappy,” she stated of her son, who’s on the respect roll and performs soccer at Hunts Level Center College. “It’s children and youngsters, you recognize. Youngsters attempting to kill one another.
“It’s unhappy for my son that he obtained shot however it’s additionally unhappy for the little boy that shot my son as a result of he’s additionally a child,” Rivera added.
The violence comes amid a disturbing surge in teen shootings within the borough in latest months.
Final 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 time.
“I really feel just like the cops have to be out right here extra,” Rivera stated. “I’m nonetheless in shock that my son obtained shot and is within the hospital. I really feel like, you recognize, there needs to be extra cops on the market for these children, particularly children popping out of college, enjoying within the playground.”
The NYPD didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.