Teenage boy shot in chest in downtown Brooklyn Park

A 15-year-old student who had just graduated from his nearby high school was shot dead in a crowded park in downtown Brooklyn on Wednesday afternoon after getting into a fistfight with two masked youths, police officers said.

The teenager – a student at Brooklyn Laboratory Charter Schools – was sitting with two school-age girls on a bench in McLaughlin Park when the attackers, wearing ski masks, approached him, detective chief James Essig later told a news conference.

“Words were exchanged and a fist fight ensued,” Essig said. “The man – who is described as being dressed all in black and wearing a black mask – removed a firearm, which fired once, hitting our victim.”

First responders crowd around an ambulance.
A 15-year-old was in critical condition after being shot in a park in downtown Brooklyn.
William Farrington for the NY Post

The teenager was taken to Methodist Hospital in critical condition, Essig said. The two men then fled the park on Tillary Street towards Adams, Essig said. There were at least 30 others in the park at the time, Essig said.

Police are searching the area looking for video of the two suspects, including the shooter, a law enforcement source said.

police had no Motive for attacking student whose charter school has been open since August. It comes on the eve of the start of classes for the city’s public schools. But sources told the Post the victim had been targeted.

But Essig said investigators would check with the school if there were any altercations later in the day, and he encouraged witnesses to come forward with information about the fight.

Two witnesses would also be questioned in the 84th Precinct, Essig said.

People gathered around the crime scene.
The teenager is a student at a charter school in Brooklyn.
William Farrington for the NY Post

A woman posing as the victim’s aunt told The Post outside the hospital: “We don’t know anything. We still wait.”

“All I know is that he’s going to have surgery. I pray for the best,” said the aunt.

Two people who work closely together and who were gathered at the scene said they were shocked and saddened by the shooting.

“I saw them working on the poor boy and as far as I could tell he didn’t look well,” Michael Foster, 51, told the Post. “They pumped his chest and he didn’t move on his own. It seemed like his heart wasn’t beating and his color wasn’t good.”

“Bullets fly indiscriminately, and that’s unacceptable,” Foster said.

Crime scene in the park.
Police are looking for two suspects, including the shooter.
William Farrington for the NY Post

Allyson Solomon, 35, told the Post she was “stunned”.

“I am in mourning. What happens to the city where a boy just starting his life is shot in the chest in the middle of downtown Brooklyn?” said Solomon. “The seats are everywhere in this park. Police are everywhere, court officials are everywhere, and someone has the nerve to shoot a gun here in a park where kids play after school? When does it stop?”

Additional reporting by Reuven Fenton and Tina Moore

https://nypost.com/2022/09/07/teen-shot-in-chest-in-downtown-brooklyn-park/ Teenage boy shot in chest in downtown Brooklyn Park

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