Teen arrested after 16-year-old girl shot outside Queens school: police

Posted: 5:21 AM, Oct 31, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-31 14:30:31-04

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

The 16-year-old boy, who has not yet been identified by police, was arrested with two other boys, ages 16 and 17, for shots fired in a separate incident about an hour before the shooting that injured the girl, Dermot F. Shea, Chief of Police said in a tweet late Wednesday night.

The arrest comes just two days after the NYPD released surveillance footage of three males wanted for questioning in connection to the shooting.

At the time, police said the three in the footage 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 teen girl, an innocent bystander, was struck in the shoulder by a stray bullet, cops said.

According to police, the incident occurred about an hour after shots were fired on a bus. The intended target was allegedly chased onto the bus before shots were fired and was later chased off the bus, according to authorities.

The girl's father, Ravie Armoogan, told PIX11's Anthony DiLorenzo Thursday that his daughter is home from the hospital, the bullet still lodged in her shoulder, too close to a main artery for surgery.

He said he's grateful for the arrests made Wednesday, but "the only thing I care about is that my daughter's home."

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. No arrests have been made in connection to that fatal shooting incident.

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

All three teens, who police said have had recent run-ins with authorities, are expected to be charged with the the initial incident, where shots were fired on a bus.

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

Their names have not been disclosed pending authority decision on whether they will be charged as juveniles or adults.

Police said there's been a spike in shootings in Queens South, up 67% in the past month.