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NYPD cop’s son shocked when he was shot outside ‘safe’ school in Queens

The 17-year-old son of an NYPD cop said he was shocked he was shot outside Maspeth High School in his “safe” neighborhood of Queens.

“In Maspeth?” Ryan Mera told the Post on Thursday. “No. It didn’t used to be like that. It’s been changing all the time. It’s been changing.

“Incident after incident lately,” he added. “It changes every day that goes by.”

The teenager said his parents now want to move.

“I still feel safe going to school and it’s almost done,” Mera added. “I’m a junior. But my parents want to transfer me to another school for senior year.”

Mera said he was waiting for his girlfriend outside a nearby dim sum restaurant across from Elmhurst School just after 1:40 p.m. Wednesday when the gunman rode by on a scooter and shot him in the arm.

“I was waiting for my girlfriend at the Chinese store,” he said. “Two people on mopeds stopped. He pulled it out. He pulled it out, cocked it, and fired.”

The teenager was hit in the arm but suffered life-threatening injuries.

Surveillance footage shows a person on a moped pointing a gun at another person.
The 17-year-old wasn’t the intended target.

A 15-year-old student was later arrested and charged with attempted murder, assault, negligent endangerment and criminal firearms possession.

The NYPD would not identify the suspect because of his age. The Post also withholds his name.

Police also said Thursday that Mera was not the intended target but a bystander.

People stand on the sidewalk
People stand at the scene after the shooting in Maspeth.
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The shooting stemmed from an argument at school between the teenage gunman and another student who was walking Mera at the time, sources said.

“It was an electric moped,” Mera told the Post. “I thought my friend was shot and I asked him and he said, ‘No, you were shot.’ I looked at my left arm and I had two holes in my elbow.

“My boyfriend took off his shirt and wrapped it up, and we went to school,” he said. “I told them I was shot and I was sitting in a chair. And the gym teacher held my arm, wrapped the shirt and pushed until the ambulance came.

“They said it was a lucky shot,” he added. “It didn’t hit a bone and bolted through. I can move my arm. A month or two to recover.”

The incident comes amid an ongoing spike in gun violence in the Big Apple — including multiple shootings near city schools.

Last month, 16-year-old Angellyh Yambo, a straight-A student, was shot dead by a stray bullet outside University Prep Charter High School in the South Bronx.

The police are investigating the crime scene
The unknown shooter was arrested by the police.
Peter Gerber

Two other students were injured in the volley of bullets.

In March, a 3-year-old girl was injured leaving a daycare center in Brownsville, Brooklyn, with her father, and 12-year-old Kade Lewin was shot dead in East Flatbush as he sat in a parked minivan eating dinner.

Additional reporting by Amanda Woods

https://nypost.com/2022/05/12/son-of-nypd-cop-shocked-he-was-shot-outside-safe-queens-school/ NYPD cop’s son shocked when he was shot outside ‘safe’ school in Queens

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