A brother and sister who miraculously avoided being wounded in the Bronx during a brutal shooting on Thursday were the special guests of the New York Yankees at a game on Sunday along with their family.
During the shooting in broad daylight, Mia who is 13, shielded her little 5-year-old brother, Christian, as the gunman went after a male victim whom authorities believe attempted to use the children as human shields.
All of that was forgotten for a while as the children were all smiles at the game. They laughed and waved from their box seats at Yankee Stadium as their family enjoyed the game which ended with the Bronx Bombers defeating the Oakland Athletics, 2-1.
“Today they are guests of the Yankees who stand with them,” the baseball team announced while tweeting out a heart-warming clip of the happy siblings at the game.
On Thursday in the Bronx, two innocent children on their way to the candy store were caught in the crossfire of a violent attack perpetrated in broad daylight. Miraculously, neither child was physically harmed. And today, they are guests of the Yankees who stand with them. pic.twitter.com/sHtpQEevgT
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) June 20, 2021
Three days prior to the fun-filled game, the children were caught up in the middle of what was allegedly a gang shooting. It took place just steps from their apartment as the brother and sister were walking home from the store. The parents reportedly saw the horrifying incident take place from the window of their home.
A gunman dressed all in black can be seen in a video firing repeatedly at a young man in red who knocked the children over as he tried to avoid being shot. The attacker fired at least 12 rounds and he shot the victim three times, once in the back and once in each leg. The 24-year-old victim who is named Hassan Wright is expected to survive.
The shooter had an accomplice on a scooter who was shouting “Kill him! Kill him!” according to a witness named Johnny, a small business owner who’s reportedly lived on the block for more than 30 years.
“The kid [Wright] tried to run into the laundromat, but there were too many people in the door,” Johnny recounted. “He was trying to run into the bodega next door — but he ran right into the kids.” As he did so, all three toppled to the ground with the gunman looming and shooting over them.
“They [the brother and sister] were coming out of the store going home when the kid fell right into them,” Johnny stated.
The children amazingly weren’t hit even though bullets were flying just inches around them. Although the sister and brother were not physically wounded, they were traumatized by the incident.
(Video Credit: ABC News)
“It’s heart-wrenching — there is still so much pain and trauma,” Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. stated at a gathering explaining why the parents were not there to make a statement. “Little Mia is the bravest little soul. Her first instinct was to protect,” he said. Mia allegedly wants to be a police officer.
Mayoral hopeful Eric Adams noted to the press that the children “will never be the same.”
“They saw the gunman running down the block shooting and they thought they were shooting their children,” Adams stated. “That little boy won’t leave his dad’s lap. When he hears a firecracker, he thinks it’s a shooting.”
“We need to catch this bastard … He had a total disregard for those children,” declared Adams. He has put up $2,000 of his own money to catch the gunman.
No arrests have been made yet but there is an all-out effort to find the shooter.
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