Parents of children caught in wild Bronx shooting speak out: ‘We’re traumatized’

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The father of the two Bronx youngsters caught in the middle of a brazen shooting last week broke his silence Monday — saying he watched as the horrifying violence unfolded before his eyes.

“I saw it all live from my window,” the shaken dad, who only identified himself as Christian, said in Spanish. “The kids went to the bodega to buy sweets and when the girl was leaving, she heard three shots. She ran after her little brother and she went to seek safety in the bodega.”

“The guy kept shooting.”

Christian held his 5-year-old son, also named Christian, as he and his wife spoke to reporters — saying both children were left emotionally and physically scarred.

“We’re traumatized,” he said. “My daughter can’t move her arm. The boy has bruises. They have trauma. They can’t sleep. They are nervous.”

“The boy sleeps on top of me, the girl sleeps by my side,” the dad added. “I can’t even go to the bathroom. They are, ‘Papi, Papi, Papi.’”

The boy and his 13-year-old sister, Mia, were headed to the shop when at least a dozen shots rang out around 7 p.m. Thursday. As the masked gunman fired, his target knocked the kids down while trying to flee the bullets, stunning video shows.

The kids’ mother, Diana, said the shooter “trampled over the kids.”

“They were coming back home,” she said. “The person ran and crashed into the kids and even though the kids fell to the ground, they kept shooting.”

Their father, meanwhile, watched the situation unfold from the family’s apartment across the street, he said — as his daughter bravely clutched her little brother to protect him.

The suspect hit the fleeing man in the back and legs before bolting on a scooter — and remains on the loose, according to police.

The victim is expected to survive his wounds, police said.

The two children were miraculously unhurt but were left traumatized — with the 5-year-old boy so shaken by his brush with death that he won’t leave his father’s side.

The callousness of the brazen shooting stunned even hardened locals.

“The immediate thing to do is get the police officers out of the cars and have them walk the beat,” said longtime resident Debrah Myers. “They are never normally out here.”

Christian and Diana said they also wanted to make it clear that their children had nothing to do with the people involved in the shooting.

“We are an honest, hardworking family,” the dad said.

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