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Toddler Among Six Wounded In Brooklyn Drive-By Shooting

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Police were searching Monday for the gunman behind a drive-by shooting in Brooklyn on Sunday that injured six people, including a toddler.

Investigators say a gunman in a white Volkswagon Jetta with Florida license plates opened fire on a crowd shortly after 7 p.m. at the intersection of Rockaway and Riverdale Avenues in Brownsville.

Ariyanna Prince, 2, was hit in the leg.

Her father, Michael Prince, 25, was shot in the hand.

A 13-year-old and a 17-year-old boy were also hurt.

Speaking to reporters Monday, the little girl's family tried to make sense of what happened.

"I never thought it be mine. Until your phone rings and they tell you that your child got shot or your child got caught. And all you can say is why or what happened," said Ariyanna's mother, Jahlessa Westry.

"Kids are getting hurt behind these things y'all are doing. Get these guns off the streets please," said Ariyanna's grandmother, Leteria Hinton.

Victims' family members were also joined at the scene Monday by lawmakers and community activists.

They're asking for $200 million to be used to build youth centers in neighborhoods hit hard by crime as well as to create scholarships and other programs aimed at curbing violence.

"We've had enough of this and this is not going to be another press conference, another demonstration, another exchange of verbiage and rhetoric and nothing gets done," said City Councilman Charles Barron.

Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

In the wake of the latest shooting, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said while the murder rate is down in the city, one shooting is one too many.

Speaking to reporters Monday, he said the gun violence must stop.

"They do not look like they're connected other than guns, illegal guns, people that shouldn't own guns and they're getting them. And that's what we've got to keep focusing on," Bloomberg said.

The mayor credited Albany for passing some of the toughest gun laws in the country, but since guns can be brought into the state, he says more needs to be done to make these laws effective.

Meanwhile, Sunday's shooting took place hours after a basketball tournament in the same neighborhood aimed at curbing gun violence.

The event was held at the Howard Houses.

The focus was to bring attention to the recent rash of shootings and give kids a safe place to play.

Players had to make a promise before they could take the court.

"To be in the Increase the Peace tournament you have to sign a contract that you're going to do everything possible to diffuse any violence or any negative negativity that may happen in the basketball tournament," said Brooklyn Blizzards Organizer & President Anthony Newerls.

"It's very important that the kids are in a safe environment, and that's what we're trying to provide out here," said Referee Steve Simmons.

Increase the Peace is working closely with the NYPD to hold people accountable for their actions.

The championship game takes place in August.

Teen Indicted In Connection With Bronx Boy's Death

A 17-year-old boy was indicted on murder charges Monday in connection with the shooting death of a four-year-old boy in the Bronx.

The Bronx District Attorney said a grand jury indicted Rondell Pinkerton on charges of second-degree murder, second-degree attempted murder, assault and weapons possession in the death of Lloyd Morgan.

Last Sunday during a basketball tournament at the Forest Houses in Morrisania, prosecutors say Pinkerton shot the boy and two other people, including 26-year-old Courtney Kelly, who is facing weapons charges.

Lloyd was in the playground next to the courts when he was struck in the head by a stray bullet.

According to police, Pinkerton claims he opened fire on Kelly after Kelly shot at him.
Pinkerton's arraignment is set for September.

If convicted, he faces up to 25 years to life in prison.

Ronald Jeffrey, 19, is also charged with murder in Lloyd's death.

A funeral will be held for Lloyd in Harlem on Wednesday.

Assemblyman Eric Stevenson says the funeral expenses are being covered by anonymous benefactors.

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