West 23rd Street and Mermaid Avenue, the scene of the shooting (Source: Google Maps)

West 23rd Street and Mermaid Avenue, the scene of the shooting (Source: Google Maps)

Gunshots rang out on Mermaid Avenue yesterday afternoon, when Coney Island resident Ronnell Bradley, 21, was gunned down outside of a bodega as children played nearby.

Cops were called to the scene just after 4:00 p.m. for a person shot outside of 2327 Mermaid Avenue. They arrived to find Bradley with several gunshot wounds to the torso and legs. He was taken to Coney Island where he was pronounced dead.

There were no arrests and police had no suspects as of early this morning.

According to NBC, two young girls were also nearly clipped by bullets until a member of the Guardian Angels volunteer crime patrol pulled them to safety.

“The two little girls were shouting ‘Mommy, mommy,’” the Guardian Angel, Jose Colon, told the outlet.

Colon also spoke to NY1, telling them that violence remains a serious problem in the community and neighbors are afraid to speak out.

“Too much, a lot of people and they see something suspicious—they be quiet. And they say, ‘You snitch, you get…’ You know what I mean,” Colon told NY1.

The intersection where Bradley was gunned down is the same corner where a 10-year-old boy and 25-year-old man were struck by stray bullets in June. In May, another double shooting on Mermaid Avenue led local pols to call for more cops in the residential portion of Coney Island.

As of August 10, that latest date for which there are statistics, there have been 13 shootings, with 15 victims, in 2014 in the 60th Precinct, which patrols Coney Island, Brighton Beach and Gravesend. That’s a decrease from the same time period in 2013, which saw 17 shootings and 23 victims. Though shootings are down in the 60th Precinct, citywide gun violence is surging, with a 10.3 percent increase in incidents.

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  • Local Broker

    Why do you call it “gun violence”? Its more like gang violence.

    • Murry

      Probably because this guy wasn’t done in by a roll of toilet tissue.

      • Local Broker

        So if he was stabbed or beaten with a bat you would call it knife violence or bat violence? Think about it.

        • Murry

          Why are you sure this was committed by a gang?

          • Local Broker

            I am not sure. Nice way to avoid my question.

          • Murry

            You’re tripping over your original question and statement.

          • Local Broker

            What does that mean?

          • Murry

            Exactly, you just don’t understand.

          • Local Broker

            The comments get sillier.

    • Horatio Caine, CSI Miami

      It likely was a gang related shooting. The weapon of choice is not relevant. Gangs of NY have to be suppressed and dismantled. And the only way that can happen is with community and parental involvement. Does the name “Al Sharpton” ring a bell?

  • Murry

    How many more children will be exposed to gun violence? Bratton and De Blasio call the increase in gun violence an “up tick.”. WTF!

    • joe

      Yea, I dont know why Bratton was allowed back as police commisioner. Look at gun numbers during the Bratton-Guliani era. Gun violence was through the roof back then compared to now

  • tuth returns

    The number one killer of black men is other black men. Too CNN cant take five minutes away from their Furgeson coverage to bring you this truth

    • Alex

      CNN only concentrates on white on black violence.
      It’s always their #1 topic.
      Freakin hate CNN with that f*ck face anchor Don Lemon.

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  • Bs

    Yea gun violence and that is very relevant. Circumstances and method by which crime is committed has always been a critical conponent for fighting crime. This isn’t just NY it is done all over the world.

  • Voice Of Reasoning

    Ok I don’t understand why you are speaking on someone that you don’t know… I personally knew him and one, he wasn’t involved with any gangs. Two he was a really good person that was in the wrong place and situation at the wrong time… he was actually shot over a fight not drugs. So get facts before you comment ignorantly!