Cheyenne Baez, 17, died after she was shot in the back about 1:15 a.m. in the courtyard of an apartment building on E. 128th St. in East Harlem, police said.
‘That’s my only daughter,’ said a woman who identified herself only as the slain girl’s mother. ‘She was just 17.’
The East Harlem gunplay also wounded an unidentified 30-year-old man. Cops found him a few blocks away, bleeding from a gunshot to the thigh.
He was in stable condition at Harlem Hospital on Sunday, but was so far refusing to cooperate with investigators, police said.
The motive behind the shooting was unclear. Police officials would not say whether they believe Baez, who was pronounced dead at Harlem Hospital, was the gunman’s intended target or a bystander.
As police investigated the crime scene, a group of teenagers waited on a nearby street corner, eying a double parked Range Rover. The teens said they believed it was the gunman’s vehicle.
There were no arrests in either investigation. Murders are up 13% citywide. There have been 386 killings this year, compared to 341 at this point last year, according to NYPD data through Sept. 26.