Boy, 13, shoots and wounds Snapchat rival, also 13, in Bronx playground

Boy, 13, shoots and wounds Snapchat rival, also 13, in Bronx playground

A 13-year-old boy shot at another young boy his age over a Snapchat fight.

The two boys had been fighting by sending messages to each other on SnapChat. Then, on Oct. 6 the suspect sent a message threatening to shoot the victim, police said.

The next day, the argument moved from online messages to the street, with the teen allegedly shooting the victim in the left knee inside Hunts Point Playground about 5:35 p.m., police said.

The boy was arrested after his mother saw a wanted poster for her son and dragged him into a Bronx NYPD stationhouse, police said Wednesday, October 13.

EMS took the victim to Harlem Hospital in stable condition.

"It went in and it came out, so that’s good," the victim’s mother, Suleykie Rivera, said. "They caught it in time, they called 911 in time. He was really lucky. If the bullet would have went in and stayed that would have been tragic."

The boy was still recovering in Harlem Hospital on Wednesday. He had also tested positive for COVID-19, the mother said.

Rivera, 33, said she didn’t know the shooter or anything about the Snapchat feud.

"Social media is really a bad thing for these kids. They shouldn’t even have social media," she said.

She learned of the shooting from one of her son’s friends.

"I was just shocked," she said. "I couldn’t think, I couldn’t feel, nothing, you know. He’s 13!"

After the shooting, the teen shooter ran off but was captured on surveillance video, gun in hand. A second suspect, still being sought, also appears on the video, clad in a red sweatshirt and riding his bike behind the shooter, police said.Latest Post