Teen charged in Canarsie shooting of 8-year-old

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A teenager is facing charges for allegedly shooting an 8-year-old girl in Canarsie.

Police say the little girl was hit by a bullet last month while sitting in a van near Flatlands Avenue and East 83rd Street. 

Tajay Richards, 16, is now facing attempted murder and assault charges.

If convicted, he faces 25 years behind bars.

Richards is due back in court in May.

The girl survived the shooting.

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