Teen arrested in shooting of 16-year-old girl in Queens: police

Posted at 11:11 AM, Oct 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-31 05:48:24-04

JAMAICA, Queens — A 16-year-old male has been arrested after a teen girl was shot in the shoulder by a stray bullet outside a Queens school Monday, police announced Wednesday.

The teen, who was not identified by police, along with two other males, a 16 and 17 year old, were arrested for shots fired about an hour before the shooting that injured the teenage girl, Dermot F. Shea, Chief of Police said in a tweet.

Earlier Tuesday morning police released surveillance video of three males wanted for questioning in connection to the shooting.

Police said the three seen in the video were at the scene outside New Dawn Charger School, near 89th Avenue and 161st Street in Jamaica, just before 4 p.m. when a fight broke out. Moments later shots rang out and the 16-year-old girl was struck in the shoulder by a stray bullet, authorities said.

The teen, a student at the charter school, was  still in the hospital Tuesday morning, police said.

Two law enforcement sources tell PIX11 the intended target in Monday's shooting was a teenage boy. Those sources said that teen was also the intended target in Saturday's fatal, stray-bullet shooting of 14-year-old Aamir Griffin on a basketball court.

Authorities believe the intended target in both shootings might have been at both scenes, however that is still not confirmed.

The 16-year-old male is facing charges of attempted murder, criminal possession of a weapon and assault.