Hempstead residents rally after girl's shooting
Members of the Hempstead community held a rally Wednesday night to call for an end to gun violence, two weeks after an 11-year-old girl was caught in crossfire and shot in the heel.
"Bad stuff's happening to everyone and you can't get away from it,? says Deandra Moss, the unintended victim of the shooting. ?It follows you."
Moss was coming out of a bodega with some relatives on Jan. 6 when she was shot. On Wednesday, she testified in front of a grand jury that will determine if charges should be upgraded against the alleged shooter, 19-year-old Tylil McTootle.
Male Timmons hopes the rally will pull people in his community together. He also says he blames more than the guy holding the gun.
"I want to blame the people who made it possible for him to have a gun at such a young age,? Timmons says. ?I want to blame the people who aren't providing the services we need within the community. We need a center built here."
McTootle pleaded not guilty to reckless endangerment. Another rally will be held at Kennedy Park on Feb. 6.