Saturday, July 16, 2011

Morningside Park Could Get More Police Following Shootings

Morningside Park Could Get More Police Following Shootings

July 14, 2011 5:20pm | By Jeff Mays, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer




HARLEM — Morningside Park could get cameras, additional police and a Parks Enforcement Patrol officer following a June 30 shooting across from a playground at the park that has scared some area parents away.

Police from the 28th Precinct told members of Community Boards 9 and 10 Wednesday that the June 30 shooting was likely drug-related. An uninvolved bystander was hit by a stray bullet in the incident.

Parent Melissa Chu said she was playing with her daughter, Emma, near the swings at the 116th Street playground when someone across the street pulled a gun and started shooting. She grabbed her daughter, fled the park, and has not returned since.

The shooting has mobilized area parents who have demanded more police patrols. The shooting was the second near the park last month. On June 2, a 16-year-old boy was shot at the basketball courts on 118th Street.

That shooting was a dispute involving three rival teen "crews" over a girl, said police officials from the 26th precinct, who were also at the meeting with the community boards. Two suspects have been arrested and charged with the shooting.

The shooting victims in both incidents survived.

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