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11-year-old girl shot in Brooklyn paralyzed

June 2, 2013 3:55:16 PM PDT
The father of an 11-year-old girl shot in the neck while walking out of a Brooklyn home Friday says his daughter may be paralyzed forever.

The father of Tayloni Mazyck says his daughter can't move from the neck down.

Robert Mazyck says, "her time just walking around is gone."

Mazyck has undergone surgery and is hospitalized.

The suspect in the shooting, 17-year old Kane Cooper, was arraigned Saturday night in Brooklyn on attempted murder and assault charges, and is being held without bail.

Police say Cooper was out on bail in a separate gun-related incident when the shooting occurred.

Police say he was trying to settle some kind of argument with two other men at Gates Avenue and Throop Avenue in Bedford Stuyvesant and opened fire.

Taylonni was walking out of her home and was hit in the neck by a bullet.

She is now recovering at Columbia University Medical Center.

Police say a surveillance camera captured an image of the suspect, who lives on the street and was known to members of the NYPD anti-crime unit.

Police canvassed the area, spotted the suspect and took him into custody.

Cooper faces charges of attempted murder, assault, criminal use of a firearm and reckless endangerment.

Police say he was riding a bicycle when he began firing.

All of the sophisticated technology could not prevent a family from feeling the pain the Mazyck family is living with now.

"Without her, I don't know where I would be, I love my sister to death," said the victim's brother, Daiquan Mazyck.

On Saturday, the family joined community advocates to condemn the violence.

"All of you gangbangers and wannabe thugs, you are hurting our children," said the victim's aunt, Michelle Fitzpatrick, "you are killing us."


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