12-year-old boy sitting in car shot and killed in Brooklyn

The NYPD was on the hunt for the gunman who shot and killed a 12-year-old boy who was eating while inside a parked car with two family members.

The boy was shot in the head and multiple times in the body while sitting in the passenger seat of a Toyota Corolla near East 56th Street and Linden Boulevard in East Flatbush at about 7:45 p.m. Thursday, police said. 

His name was Kade Lewin, his family confirmed to reporters. Dozens of people from the neighborhood, community activists, and elected officials joined the boy's distraught mother at the scene of the shooting on Friday evening to denounce the crime and call for an end to violence.

The 20-year-old driver of the Toyota Corolla was also shot multiple times and taken to Kings County Hospital Center where she underwent surgery and was expected to survive. An 8-year-old passenger in the backseat was not struck.

At a news conference on Thursday night, police said they were searching for two black sedans that were exchanging gunfire and fled the scene. One went down East 58th Street and the other down Linden Boulevard.

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Cops were investigating the motive and if the incident was a targeted shooting.

"The question I continue to ask: What about the innocent people? What about the people who sit in their cars and get shot and killed," Mayor Eric Adams said at the news conference. "We hear so much about those who are fighting but when are we going to start fighting for the innocent people of this city?"

Recent NYPD statistics show murders have already risen 150% this year in the 67th Precinct, where the shootings took place, and 140% in the number of shootings.

Anyone with information about the shooting should contact NYPD's Crime Stoppers at 800-577-8477, CrimesStoppers.NYPDonline.org, or Twitter @NYPDTips.

NYPD Crime Stats for 67th Precinct