16-Year-Old Shot and Killed on Lower East Side

A 16-year-old was shot and killed on the Lower East Side last night.

Raphael Ward was found shot in the chest at the intersection of Rivington and Columbia Streets at around 9:10 p.m., the police said. He was pronounced dead on arrival at Beth Israel Hospital.

State Senator Daniel Squadron, who in October called for increased gun control after a shooting in Campos Plaza, tweeted that he was “heartbroken” by this latest incident and issued a statement reiterating the need to curb the “scourge of gun violence.”

“From stronger gun laws to improved safety at NYCHA developments,” he said, “we are reminded far too often that the time to act is now.”

The victim of last night’s shooting was a resident of the Baruch Houses, one of the public housing complexes that Mr. Squadron and other politicians say are in need of security improvements.

Sources tell the Post that, before collapsing, the teenager ran into a deli and said that a group had demanded his coat. There have been no arrests in the homicide case.