Teen shot in neck while walking to school in the Bronx: NYPD


THE BRONX, N.Y. —  A 13-year-old boy was shot in the neck in the Bronx while on his way to school on Tuesday morning, police told PIX11 News, and the suspect was recently released on bail for an alleged gun-related crime.

The shooting happened around 7:20 a.m. on East 223rd Street, near Bronxwood Avenue. The teen was walking to the train station, headed for school in Manhattan, when he was met in the middle of the street by a man who witnesses said was waving around a gun and acting erratically.

The gunman then opened fire, hitting the boy once in the neck, police said.

The victim was hospitalized, according to police who described his condition as stable. He was expected to survive, law enforcement sources told PIX11 News.

When police arrived, the suspect was still holding the gun while pacing back and forth and talking to himself, sources said. Police surrounded him and the gun was recovered at the scene.

Hubert Wiggs, 36, was taken into custody at the scene, according to sources, who described the man as appearing emotionally disturbed.

NYPD Assistant Chief Chief Kenneth Lehr gave an update on the shooting Tuesday afternoon.

Lehr said Wiggs was out on bail on a gun-related charge.

“This individual today is on the street while out on parole for a firearm, while out on bail for a firearm, and today he’s walking around the Bronx with a firearm,” Lehr said.

Police and neighbors on the block told PIX11 News Wiggs is known for causing trouble. Police have been called to his home, right outside where the shooting happened, several times in the past — all for gun-related incidents.

“This continues to happen, and you have to ask yourself ‘was this necessary?” Lehr said. “And I do not think this was necessary. This should not have happened.”

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