19-year-old school assistant shot in the head leaving work in New York; “A tragedy,” Mayor Adams said
A teenage public school assistant in Brooklyn (NYC) was shot in the head yesterday just a block from workat PS 203 Floyd Bennett School, in broad daylight.
The 19-year-old assistant was leaving school and heading to a grocery store at the corner of Avenue M and Utica Ave. in the flatlands neighborhood when a gunman fired at least four rounds around 2:50 p.m.., according to the New York police.
Chris Ramotar (55), a man who witnessed the chaos, told the Daily News that he was “face to face” with the gunman. “He looked at me and I looked at him. She was trying to hide her face from him. She put the gun in her hoodie. I was like, are you going to come for me? I was ready to drop everything and run.”
The injured man ran to the “Star’s Mini Market” business on the corner, where he collapsed. “He was shot outside and he was trying to run inside,” said a man who works at the store. “He fell face up inside our door.”
The gunman fired at least one shot at the business. He then fled in a dark-colored sedan, the sources said. Paramedics took the victim to Brookdale Hospital in critical condition.
A Twitter Mayor Adams lamented the shooting, calling it a “tragedy.” “The rivers of violence that bring guns to our communities didn’t start in our city, but they will end here,” he said. “We will keep our city safe.”
There were no immediate arrests as police worked to locate the shooter. Anyone with information should call to 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) and in Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). Also through the page crimestoppers.nypdonline.org or by text to 274637 (CRIMES), followed by TIP577. All communications are strictly confidential.
In NYC gun violence has been a big challenge for ex-cop mayor Eric Adamswho since taking office in January has encountered obstacles within his own Democratic party and Black Lives Matter (BLM) leaders in dealing with the crisis.
Especially the number of gunmen and their underage victims has tripled in recent years in NYC, confirmed a recent memo from the NYPD, the largest police force in the country. In many cases, people unrelated to the violence are reached by Lost bullets, including children and the elderly.