NYC kids shot with airguns after fighting over game at UES playground

A group of fifth graders were shot at with airguns in an Upper East Side playground on Friday after a boy got upset over a game, according to parents at a nearby school.

The incident happened at 4:00 p.m. Friday at the Parks Department’s Samuel Seabury Playground behind the Lower Lab School at Third Avenue and East 96th Street, according to a message from the school’s PTA presidents.

The fifth graders were playing ball when the slightly older boy came up to them. said the message.

“At one point, this boy got angry with the rules and waved at his friends, who came over with shotguns and started shooting at a number of kids,” the message reads.

According to the PTA memo, which said a police report had been filed, a parent chased the armed youths away.

“They chased a small child backwards [of the playground] and they kept shooting at him, and he tried to hide behind a rock. One of the parents approached them and tried to tell them to stop and take the gun away from them, but they started hitting him with the gun, shooting him, threatening him, and making death threats,” said Richard Cruz , who works for Kids in Motion, a Parks Department youth program. “You have not listened to any authority.”

A picture of the playground where a group of fifth graders was shot.
Richard Cruz, who works for a Parks Department youth program, said a parent was shot multiple times in the face and back and four or five children were shot, including one in the leg.
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He said a parent was shot multiple times in the face and back and four or five children were shot, including one in the leg. He noted that there was “no blood, but lots of bruises.”

Cruz called the boy’s local troublemakers and said they had recently attempted to lock him in a pantry next to the park toilet.

A spokesman for the Department of Education referred questions to the NYPD, which could not immediately provide information on the incident.

In addition to Lower Lab School, which offers a program for the gifted and talented, the building also houses PS 198, a zoned community school.

In June, 20-year-old mother Azsia Johnson was shot and killed near the playground while pushing her youngest child in a stroller. Her former boyfriend has been charged with the heinous crime.

“Albany urgently needs to change the laws that keep our children unsafe before another tragedy happens,” said Danyela Souza Egorov, a parent at Lower Lab and a member of the District 2 Community Education Council.

https://nypost.com/2022/09/17/nyc-kids-shot-at-with-pellet-guns-after-squabble-over-game-at-ues-playground/ NYC kids shot with airguns after fighting over game at UES playground

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