Killed by the beach: Tysha Jones, 16, died after she was shot just under the armpit
- Popular 16-year-old remembered as 'a lovely girl'
- High school pupils off for yearly 'Brooklyn-Queens Day'
- No arrests have yet been made
Teenager Tysha Jones was killed and four others wounded after gunmen opened fire at a group sitting on a bench by a New York City beach.
The shootings by two gunmen happened during an altercation just before 5.30pm on Thursday at the Brighton Beach boardwalk in Brooklyn.
All of the victims were sitting on the same bench. Police are investigating the possibility the shooting was gang related.
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High school student Tysha, 16, was shot under the left armpit and died at Coney Island Hospital, where a 23-year-old man was in critical condition with a stomach wound.
Her devastated mother Cynthia Jones told the Daily News on Friday: 'She was just a lovely girl. She was just an innocent bystander.'
'She had a lot of dreams. She wanted to be a singer, a dancer, she was looking into college, but now it's all gone.'
Possibly gang related: Witnesses crowd around the victims of a shooting on Brighton Beach, New York City, as police begin to arrive
Tysha, who had three older siblings, was a junior at Landmark High School and lived in an East Harlem apartment with her mother.
A makeshift memorial was set up outside her home with candles, a teddy bear and handwritten notes.
The four people wounded in the shootings were a 21-year-old, a 25-year-old and a 26-year-old. They were taken to Lutheran Hospital.
The shots rang out as hundreds of youngsters - off school for the yearly 'Brooklyn-Queens Day' - swarmed the area.
Youths crowded had the beaches throughout the sweltering afternoon, and police sirens could be heard almost constantly, the New York Post reported.
Police sources spoken to by the paper said violence had been brewing all day.
Violent scenes: Police arrive at the scene of the shooting
'It's a bad combination of guns, heat, beer and angry young men,' said one officer, pointing to the empty malt liquor bottles littering the scene.
Pat Singer, the founder of the Brighton Neighbourhood Association, said the hot weather had brought hordes of young people to the beach. 'It's massive chaos,' she said.
Saya Suzuki, 30, was just about to sit down inside a nearby restaurant with her 6-year-old daughter, Sonya, when the shooting began just outside.
Miss Suzuki told The New York Times she heard about six shots, then grabbed her daughter and saw two teenagers run past her.
'I just picked up my daughter and got away from the bullets,' she said. 'It happened so quickly and I had to protect my daughter.'
No arrests have yet been made: NYPD officers comb the area for clues
'Everybody was running and screaming,' Joe Sierra told New York's Daily News. 'It was chaotic for five to 10 minutes.'
Police were questioning some people, but declined to say whether they were potential suspects.
No arrests have been made. The investigation is continuing.
Mrs Jones said: 'I didn't want her going to the beach.
'But still, I never thought anything could happen like this.
'It's a beach. The kids are trying to have fun. She never had a chance.
'All these kids with all these guns. It's hard to believe.'
'My baby left me too quickly.'
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