A 17-year-old with a lengthy criminal history is under arrest after an 11-year-old girl was shot on a Brooklyn street Friday night. NY1's Erin Clarke filed the following report.
A heartbroken father sick and tired of the climate of violence that plagues his community spoke out Saturday.
Robert Mazyck's 11-year-old daughter, Tayloni Mazyck, was struck by a bullet Friday night on Gates Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
"I'm tired of this," Robert Mazyck said. "You can't stand in front of your own building? Not only was she standing out here, my 7-month-old granddaughter was right there. What's the matter with people?"
Family members said she's now paralyzed from the neck down.
"They say that the bullet went through her neck and it traveled down to her spine," said Michelle Fitzpatrick, Tayloni Mazyck's aunt. "It's in her vertebrae, and they are trying to see which would be the correct way to remove the bullet."
The fifth grader wasn't the intended victim. It's believed the shooter intended to hit two other men.
Kane Cooper, 17, who lives down the block, was taken into custody shortly after the shooting. He's facing attempted murder and reckless endangerment charges.
"I'm saying this to all the shooters with these guns: you're not hitting your targets. You're shooting innocent people. It has to stop today," said community advocate Tony Herbert.
Residents say the neighborhood is notorious for crime.
"A few weeks ago, two young men were shot in 590, and one died," said one person in the neighborhood.
Even with deterrents, the crime continues to happen. Tayloni Mazyck was shot right across the street from a police tower.
"I don't understand how somebody could shoot when they got that right there," said Sha Wike, a Bedford-Stuyvesant resident.
Community activists are calling on the city to do more to crack down on violence.
"The police are doing as much as they can do, and in many cases, they're doing too much because of the failure of the city to operate appropriately in other areas," said Kirsten Foy of the National Action Network.
Activists said cuts in essential areas like youth employment and social services are to blame, and if something doesn't change, it won't be long before another family has to suffer.