A 14-year-old boy was shot to death last night while walking with a friend: they were ambushed by two men on a street in The Bronx (NYC)

A 14-year-old boy was shot to death last night while walking with a friend down a street in the Bronx (NYC).

According to police, the pair of teens were in front of 2249 Morris Avenue in Fordham Heights when they were ambushed by two armed men who jumped out from behind a car around 9:15 p.m.

The gunmen opened fire on the two unidentified minors, wounding the 14-year-old in the torso. He was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, the New York Post reported.

It was not immediately clear if the victim’s friend was also hit by gunfire. Sources said investigators recovered five bullet casings at the scene.

Officers are searching for the two gunmen. No arrests have been made or suspects identified. Anyone with information should call  1-800-577-TIPS (8477) and in Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). Also through  crimestoppers.nypdonline.org  or by text to 274637 (CRIMES), followed by TIP577. All communications are strictly confidential.

After the rise in shootings in 2020 and 2021, particularly among young gang members and/or victims, 2022 has maintained the same trend . In many cases gunmen use “ghost” weapons, so called because they lack serial numbers to be traced.

Young people are increasingly protagonists in gun violence in New York as victims and perpetrators , particularly shootings and attacks with bladed weapons. A recent report from the NYPD found that recidivism among teens increased dramatically over the past five years.

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