Police were searching Sunday for the gunman who shot and killed a 14-year-old girl who was on an MTA bus just blocks from her home in the South Jamaica section of Queens the previous night.
Investigators say D'aja Robinson was on a Q6 bus around 9 p.m. Saturday, just blocks away from her house, when someone fired at least nine rounds at the bus, near Sutphin and Rockaway Boulevards.
One of those bullets struck D'aja in the head, and she was pronounced dead at Jamaica Hospital.
Family members said D'aja was coming home from a Sweet 16 party with friends.
"She's a very bubbly girl. She's nice, nice personality. She did not deserve this," said Nikita Ingram, a friend of D'aja.
By Sunday afternoon, police said they had a tentative description of the shooter as a man aged 18 to 25, wearing a black sweater with a beige- or cream-colored sweater underneath.
"The events are being aggressively investigated. Certainly a possibility of some gang involvement here. But one thing is clear, she was not, in our judgment, a target of the shooting," Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said.
South Jamaica residents waiting for the bus on Sutphin Boulevard were shocked to hear the news.
"It was like senseless, because you got a lot of people out here who don't know the value of life and they'll take it like it's no big thing," said one resident.
"It does make you nervous. Like even if you get on the bus, you're not safe from anything that could happen outside," said another.
City Councilman Ruben Wills said he was with D'aja's family members after the Saturday night and said a death like this impacts the entire community.
"Any time we lose a young person, but when you have compounding factors onto that, the fact she was 14 years old, the fact that she was not in trouble, she was not part of a gang, the fact that she's the mother's only child. These things make it worse and worse and worse," Wills said.
By Sunday afternoon, no arrests had been made.
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.