So awful. A 14-year-old boy was fatally shot four times at point blank range on his way to school on May 22. He reportedly cried out ‘mommy, mommy’ before dying at the scene.
Christopher Duran, 14, was walking to school at 8:30am in the South Bronx with his younger brother, when he was brutally gunned down in an NYPD Impact Zone. The seventh grader was reportedly involved in a verbal argument with two people prior to being shot four times, in what is believed to be a gang-related shooting.
Christopher Duran Shooting: 14-Year-Old Boy Dies In Fatal Gang-Related Shooting
Christopher was shot three times in the stomach and once in the head just a few steps away from his apartment building on Sheridan Ave., according to ABC. Sources tell the Daily News that as he died, he cried out, “mommy, mommy.” So sad.
Police have video footage of the shooting, which shows the shooter wearing a bandana to hide his identity.
“It’s bad, real bad. The guy runs up to him and just shoots him, bang, bang, bang,” a police source tells the Daily News. “It doesn’t look like he says anything to him.”
While Christopher reportedly was in an argument with two teens, the shooting is slated to be have been in revenge against his older brother, 18, who is allegedly a member of the Bronx-based “280” gang.
Christopher was no stranger to the police, however. The teen had five arrests on his record as a juvenile, including possession of a knife, assault and battery, and robbery. However, Christopher’s family is shooting down any claims that he was involved in a gang.
“He’s a pretty boy,” his uncle, Jose Mendoza, told The Daily News. “He never do nothing. He never hangs out with gangs, nothing like that. The only thing I want to know, who did it, and why he did it.”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Christopher’s family during this difficult time. This is such a horrific story and a true tragedy.
— Julianne Ishler