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Teenager found shot in the chest inside Canarsie Popeye's • Brooklyn Paper

Teenager found shot in the chest inside Canarsie Popeye’s

Police seal off the Popeye's in Canarsie where a 16-year-old boy was found shot on Feb. 23.
Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

Cops in Canarsie are investigating the shooting of a 16-year-old who was found wounded at a Popeye’s restaurant on Tuesday morning.

The teenage boy, who took a bullet to his chest, collapsed at the fast food joint located at the corner of Flatlands Avenue and E. 82nd Street at about 11:14 am on Feb. 23.

Officers from the 69th Precinct responded to a 911 call about the victim, and paramedics rushed the bloodied victim to Brookdale University Hospital in stable condition.

Central Brooklyn Councilmember Farah Louis, who is friends with the victim’s mother, lamented in a statement the countless acts of “senseless gun violence” that have plagued her district, calling for a renewed investment in city services designed to help stem the tide of  shootings and other forms of violence. 

“I have been numb and frighteningly knew the day would soon come when someone young, near and dear to me would be the victim of senseless gun violence and that reality hit,” Louis said. “We have reached the breaking point as devastated families and survivors of gun violence plead for more youth and sports programming. As our city slowly reopens, our sons and nephews cannot continue to wait on the sidelines. We need to reimagine our programmatic approach while expanding the capacity of Cure Violence organizations to steer our youth away from a life of crime. Together, we must close the racial disparities in our schools and City services to address the digital, poverty, economic, and housing gaps that perpetuate the prevalence of violence. As we prepare to undertake FY22 budget negotiations with the Administration, my priority will remain the same — to push back against any cuts that will harm the growth and development of our youth who need our support now more than ever before.”

At this point in the investigation, police did not establish a possible motive for the shooting, or a description of the suspect involved. 

No arrests have been and the investigation remains ongoing.

This story first appeared on AMNY.com.

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