FLATLANDS, Brooklyn (PIX11) — A 19-year-old Department of Education employee was shot in the head a block away from a Brooklyn school Tuesday afternoon, officials said.
The shooting occurred at a grocery store on Avenue M in Flatlands at around 2:50 p.m. The male victim was taken to the hospital in critical condition, police said. Police sources told PIX11 News that he had been shot multiple times in the head and back at close range.
The victim is a paraprofessional at the DOE, the agency confirmed. He had just left work at P.S. 203 Floyd Bennett School when he was shot, according to authorities. Police sources told PIX11 that the victim is a Brooklyn resident who was working at the school as a substitute. He was the intended target of the shooting, police said.
The gunman continued to fire when the victim got to the store. Broken glass and a bullet hole could be seen at the store.
Surveillance video showed a suspect in a red ski mask and a sweat suit leaving the scene in a dark-colored Lexus, police said. No arrests have been made, and a suspected motive wasn’t immediately identified.
In a statement, DOE Chancellor David Banks said he was “heartbroken” and “outraged” that one of the department’s employees was the victim of gun violence.
“Our educators, our students, and our families deserve better than living with the threat of gun violence,” Banks said, who requested that additional police, as well as grief counselors, be at the school on Wednesday.