A four-year-old boy was killed and two men were injured Sunday evening during a playground shootout in the Morrisania section of the Bronx.
The four-year-old victim, Lloyd Morgan, was playing on the playground next to the Forest Houses basketball court — located within a public housing complex near the corner of E. 165th Street and Tinton Avenue — when a stray bullet struck him in the head around 9:36 p.m., according to police and Bronx Assemblyman Eric A. Stevenson.
Lloyd was pronounced dead upon his arrival at nearby Lincoln Hospital.
A 27-year-old man was likewise transported to Lincoln Hospital with a gunshot wound to the abdomen, and a 21-year-old man went to St. Barnabas Hospital, where he was treated for a gunshot wound to the arm. Both men are listed in stable condition, police say.
The incident purportedly occurred following the “First Annual Ghetto Angels Basketball Tournament,” which, in a cruel bit of irony, was part of a memorial for a girl stabbed to death last year.
Neighbors at the apartment building where Lloyd lived erected a makeshift shrine to the murdered child, placing candles, teddy bears and a basketball out on the sidewalk yesterday.
Candles are placed at the spot on the playground where Morgan was shot, above. In the background, a man washes away blood from the tragic shooting.
“When he comes outside they have him here on his bike or his ball,” Lloyd’s neighbor, Melody Nelson, told Metro, of the boy. “That’s all he did was play.”
She described Lloyd as well behaved, and said Lloyd’s parents were quiet and hard working.
“They’re trying to hang in there,” Nelson said, when asked how the parents were holding up.
Police have not yet made any arrests.
Morgan's basketball remains on the grass at the playground.
Lloyd Morgan is at least the fourth New York City child under age 10 to be struck by stray gunfire this year. Here are the others, all of whom survived:
Melody Nelson, above, places a baseball bat at the shrine neighbors erected for Morgan outside the apartment building where he lived.
An RIP sign for the slain child at his apartment building.
A shrine for the boy included a baseball bat, stuffed animals, candles and juice boxes.
All photos: Kevin C. Downs/Metro