What to Know
- Another teenage victim was hit with gunfire outside a Queens school Monday afternoon, law enforcement sources said
- A police source said teen boys were fighting outside the Jamaica school when one fired a gun, hitting a teen girl across the street
- Police are looking into whether it was connected to a 14-year-old who was shot and killed at a basketball court just two days earlier
Another teenage victim was hit with gunfire in Queens Monday afternoon, law enforcement sources said, and it may be connected to a 14-year-old who was shot and killed at a basketball court just two days earlier.
Just before 4 p.m. Monday, a group of teen boys started a fight with a 16-year-old student as they all were leaving New Dawn Charter High School in Jamaica during dismissal, a law enforcement source told NBC New York. During the melee across the street from the school, one of the teens fired a gun multiple times, witnesses told detectives.
One of the bullets struck a 16-year-old girl in the shoulder as she exited the school, according to the law enforcement source. She was rushed to the hospital in unknown condition, but is expected to recover.
Witness accounts described multiple shots ringing out, and police found recovered two shell casings from the scene at 89th Avenue and 161st Street, a law enforcement source says.
The gunman, who police believe may be as young as 10 to 12 years old, ran away from the scene.
The NYPD on Tuesday released images of three persons of interests who may be connected to the non-fatal shooting.
Police say they believe the intended target of the shooting was not involved in the initial brawl, but may have been a student at the school who was at the basketball court on Saturday when Amir Griffin was fatally shot in the neck around 8 p.m. — just two miles away from Monday's shooting.
Authorities are investigating whether there is a possible connection in the shootings, according to a law enforcement source. NYPD Chief of Patrol Rodney Harrison says that shooting "looks like at this time it may be gang related."