A mother clung to life after suffering a gunshot wound to the head outside a Brooklyn middle school on Tuesday afternoon, police said.
The wounded woman was found on a bench next to JHS 278 on Stuart Street in Marine Park around 4pm, police said.
NYPD Deputy Chief Michael Kemper told reporters at the scene that “there is evidence” the shooting “could possibly have been a suicide attempt.”
The 36-year-old woman was taken to Brookdale University Hospital in critical condition, police said.
Near the scene, an emotional man was photographed screaming while being strapped onto a gurney and placed in an ambulance. It was unclear whether he was connected to the shooting.
The man had a young girl in tow who was unharmed, officials said. An officer rocked the young child outside the crime scene, photos showed.
Outside the sealed school, women cried and hugged while police taped the crime scene and searched for evidence.
But as the hours ticked by and darkness fell, dozens of parents outside got angry, wanting to know why their children weren’t being released to join them.
“The long time they’ve been holding us here without communication has really made the situation worse,” said a 46-year-old father named Chester.
“I think I got more information from hearsay and rumor in the area,” said the concerned parent, who declined to share his last name with the Post.
The situation initially had Chester “very scared”, but he was “happy and blessed” to eventually be reunited with his 11-year-old daughter Chelsea.
“Everyone was scared because they didn’t know what was happening and they just told us they couldn’t tell us what was happening,” the sixth-grader told The Post of the lockdown.
No food was provided to the students during the several hours they were held in the building, she said.
“We couldn’t get anything out of our backpacks. We had to wait,” said Chelsea.
Correctional Officer J. Byron, 41, learned her 13-year-old was being held in the building when she received a call from him at 5:10 p.m
“The school never notified me to tell me this situation happened,” Byron said as she urged other parents to be disrespectful to school officials while their children were being held indoors.
“We’re going to start ripping open that front door to get the kids out. I’m dead serious.” Byron yelled at a crowd of parents, many of whom seemed angry.
“I just got off the phone with the dean. The dean just said the police say they’re not moving,” Byron told the other parents.
The children were finally released in small groups around 7:15 a.m., almost two hours later than they would normally be released from after-school activities.
“Now it’s getting dark. Now are you releasing children in the dark?” an unnamed woman asked her friend angrily as the time ticked by.
Kemper told the Post that it was the school officials’ decision to keep the kids in school for so long.
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