Two arrested in shooting of 12 year old girl in Rockaway: NYPD

by Bill Parry

Two people were arrested, including the alleged gunman, in the shooting of a 12-year-old girl on a Rockaway basketball court Saturday evening, according to the NYPD.

Officers from the 101st Precinct discovered the girl had been shot in her left thigh on a court near Beach 59th Street just before 5 p.m., the police said.

Witnesses provided a description of a male suspect who was spotted, after a brief manhunt, on the corner of Beach 60th Street and Larkin Street. The suspect was observed handing a firearm to a female, according to the NYPD.

Dwight Henderson, 18, of Beach 65th Street, was taken into custody after resisting arrest. Police say a loaded 9mm firearm was immediately recovered. Geena Hill, 16, of Beach Breeze Lane was also arrested on weapons charges.

Henderson was charged with multiple counts including attempted murder, police said.

The victim was treated by EMS and transported to North Shore LIJ Hospital where she was listed in stable condition.

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