BROWNSVILLE (WPIX)—Days after a Brooklyn mother of 12 was gunned down in broad daylight, community leaders rallied near the crime scene to call an end to the ongoing violence.
The Rev. Al Sharpton along with friends and relatives of 34-year-old Zurana Horton gathered outside P.S. 298 where gunfire erupted Friday leaving Horton dead and two others wounded.
"We are sending a signal to our young people that we can't protect them, that they gotta join a gang to get protection. And maybe this senseless act will wake this city," Sharpton said to reporters.
According to authorities, Horton was picking up her children from P.S. 298 at around 2:30 p.m. Friday, when multiple shots were fired near the intersection of Watkins and Pitkin Avenues, police said.
Horton was caught in the crossfire when she attempted to shield the children as the bullets flew. The Brooklyn mother was struck in the face and in the chest, and was pronounced dead at the scene.
A 31-year-old mother and an 11-year-old girl were also wounded but their injuries were described as non-life threatening.
At an emotional vigil Sunday night, community leaders linked arms and walked through the streets as they made an emotional plea -- calling for those who may have witnessed the shooting to come forward.
Police believe the gunman may have been shooting from the rooftop of 1800 Pitkin Avenue, about a block away, where police found several shell casings. Officers also found five other shell casings on the sidewalk in front of the building.
Police are investigating the possibility that the gunman was shooting at a group of teenage males below.
So far, no arrests have been made, and a $15,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest.
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