Two teen girls shot on Bronx playground visiting from Virginia

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Two teen girls shot and wounded at a Bronx playground are visitors from Virginia and were at a cookout when a gunman opened fire during a nearby basketball game, police sources said Tuesday.

The youngsters, both 17 — one was struck in the buttocks and the other was grazed by a bullet atop her braided hair — were taken to Harlem Hospital and were not seriously hurt.

They were in Arcilla Playground on Park Ave. near E. 163rd St. in Concourse Village when they were shot just before 8 p.m. Monday.

They later told police they were attending a friend’s cookout when two groups of men playing basketball, who were not part of the cookout, started arguing.

Moments later, they said, they heard shots but did not get a good look at the shooter.

A nine-year resident of the neighborhood recounted watching as one of the victims hopped on one leg after she was shot, while two bystanders helped her sit down.

“I saw people crying, it was a lot,” said Elaine De Los Santos, 35.

Police said at least 12 bullets were fired, which neighbors said sent a stampede of people scattering from the area.

“I heard gunshots, people were running everywhere,” said Cisse Bouba, 57.

The gunman is still being sought.

Anxiety is rising among local parents and caregivers in the wake of the shooting.

“What else can we do to keep them safe?” asked Rebecca Bassin, the director of Luminous Early Childhood Learning, a learning center just steps from the Playground. “This is life in this neighborhood.”

“It’s almost expected,” echoed another resident. “It’s not if, it’s when. Everyone’s afraid, my kids are.”