This young lady’s got a brave heart.
A 15-year-old Bronx girl was hospitalized in critical condition Sunday after she challenged gunmen who had fired into the air – and one of them cowardly shot her, cops and her family said.
Yvette Marie Torres had gone to a party in Fordham Heights Saturday night. A dispute broke out and spilled onto the street, police said.
When two young men began squeezing off shots into the air, Torres, who developed a dauntless personality growing up with three brothers, quickly spoke her mind, her family said.
“My sister argued with them, saying: ‘Why [are] you shooting?’ ” said her brother, Jonathan Dimentel, 20, recounting what witnesses told the family.
“She didn’t know this kid. She turned around and he shot her in the back of the head,” he said. “It was a sucker move.”
Torres, who attends DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx, was rushed by ambulance to St. Barnabas Hospital. She was initially in critical condition, but doctors were able to stabilize her, police said.
“There’s a high risk of her passing away,” he said, noting doctors told the family they have to wait for swelling near her wound to go down before they can operate.
He said his mother and step-father won’t leave her bedside.
“My dad won’t say a word. He is in a daze. I’ve never seen him like this,” Dimentel said. “All my mom does is cry.
“She has nothing but brothers,” he said. “She has to be brave.”
There have been no arrests in the shooting, which happened about 11:35 p.m. Saturday on Valentine Ave.
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said detectives only have a “vague description” of the suspect – a black man who wore a blue hooded sweatshirt.
EFF a thug! These young punks need to put down the guns and pick up a book. We hope Yvette pulls through and can lead a long, healthy, productive life. SMH