NEW YORK - A 17-year-old girl was shot in the face and died as she hung out on a Brooklyn street with her friends.
The NYPD identified the victim as Shayma Roman of St. Mark's Place. The New York Post reported that she was a high school basketball player.
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According to authorities, the teenager was shot while standing with a group of people outside her grandmother's apartment building just after 6 p.m. on Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights. Two suspects allegedly approached the group, produced guns, and opened fire.
Roman was struck in the face by a bullet. She was rushed to Brookdale Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Roman's father said he was inside when bullets began to fly, and shortly afterwards, picked up his daughter's body.
"I heard chaos, I came out, and I came and grabbed my daughter," said Mario Roman.
Police say they believe Roman was not the intended target of the shooting.
Neighbors and members of the community gathered for a memorial on Thursday, releasing purple balloons in her memory, and calling for Shayma's killers to be brought to justice.