Boy, 16, is shot dead and another teen injured at their friend‘s sweet sixteen birthday party after 300 people showed up to the event when word spread on social media
A 16-year-old boy was shot dead at friend‘s sweet sixteen birthday party in the Bronx after 300 people crashed it when word spread over social media.
Sincear ‘Sin‘ Williams, 16, died after being shot in the neck at the event at Maestro‘s Caterers on Bronxdale Avenue.
A 17-year-old boy, named by friends as Trey Neverson, was shot in the arm and taken to Jacobi Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition.
The trouble reportedly began when word of the unnamed teen‘s party spread like wildfire on messaging apps and social media.
Hundreds of uninvited guests began arriving at the venue, and their arrival soon sparked a fight at around 12.20am Thursday, outside Maestro‘s, reports.
Police say that during the fight, one of the party crashers climbed into a black Honda, grabbed a gun and opened fire on the crowd before speeding away.
Williams was rushed to the nearby Jacobi Medical Center in critical condition after he was shot in the neck. He died a short time later.
Neverson was also rushed to the same hospital where he is in a stable condition.
Police have not yet arrested the shooter.
Both Williams and Neverson were both invited to the party.
Williams‘ family and friends have since created a page to raise money for his funeral.
Within one day, donors helped raise more than $7,000.
A viewing for Williams will be held on January 8 and 9 at Eternity Funeral Services in the Bronx.
Wandy Lugo said she‘d picked up her daughter, 15, just 20 minutes before the shooter opened fire.
‘It‘s a very close call,‘ Lugo said. ‘It‘s almost surreal.‘
‘My daughter‘s 15 years old. She‘s going to celebrate her 16th birthday next summer. It could‘ve been her,‘ said Lugo.
Friends have paid tribute to Williams, known as Sin to those close to him, on social media.
Layy Lani wrote on ‘I swear s**t don‘t even feel real. The thought that (we) was just together & 2 minutes later you gone ?? (I) can‘t believe that.‘
‘That could‘ve been me dead,‘ added Jio Stazz, who was also at the party. ‘Why it gotta be you? Wish I could change spot with Sincear Williams.
Facebook user Kay Bzz added: ‘BALL IN PEACE. Rest Easy Sin. The Real Stay Alive Bro #SinCity.‘
Dior Banks, who shared pictures of the deceased, added: ‘Even tho you gone your not gone your in our hearts. Everyone misses you.
‘Like you have so much love in these streets bro, even n****s that we don‘t f**k with came out in cold to light a candle for you bro. LOVE YOU SINCEAR EVERYTHING WE DO IS FOR YOU CUZ YOU WANTED TO DO IT WITH US.‘
It is not yet clear whose party the teens were attending.
The incident occurred despite a 13 per cent drop in fatal shootings in New York City in 2017, down from 333 last year to 289.