Residents of the Bronx rallied against gun violence Monday on the playground where a 4-year-old was caught in the crossfire and killed Sunday. NY1's Dean Meminger filed the following report.
There were prayers and outrage on the basketball court Monday night where shots rang out Sunday, one of them killing 4-year-old Lloyd Morgan. Police said there's evidence three guns were used.
Many elected and community leaders said they're now ready to back the NYPD's stop-and-frisk policy, although, perhaps, with some reforms.
"You know, when you go into a courthouse or airport, they have hand wands that do body searches, that detect metal right away, which guns are made of metal," said Assemblyman Erik Stevenson. "So I think it would be better if they don't put hands on people and use these metal wands.
"I am supporting stop-and-frisk," said State Sen. Ruben Diaz. "I know it's not politically correct. I know people don't like it. But if that helps to save one life, let's do that."
Those who attended Monday's vigil at the Forest Houses said what's really important is that police and community members work together to put a stop to the violence.
"We need to let these men or boys that think carrying a gun makes them hard know that it doesn't," said Councilwoman Helen Foster. "It makes you soft. You play yourself. It's like being a punk.
On a personal note, I spent my childhood years living at the Forest Houses in the same building at the same time as rapper Fat Joe. The rapper spoke to me exclusively about the senseless killing of a child in our old neighborhood
"He is only four years old and it's the saddest thing. My thing is, there is always going to be an element of violence. I don't encourage it at all. But why would you go settle it in the middle of a basketball game where a bunch of little kids and ladies are at?" he said. "They can't feel good about a four-year-old getting shot."
A reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.
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.