EAST HARLEM, Manhattan (PIX11) — Two teens were shot in Manhattan on Tuesday, including a 14-year-old boy shot in the head, police said.
The 14-year-old boy and a 15-year-old boy had briefly walked into a deli near East 128th Street and Lexington Avenue around 4:20 p.m., NYPD Chief of Patrol Jeffrey Maddrey said. They came out and headed toward Park Avenue; that’s when gunfire erupted.
“A male emerges on the corner and fires a volley of gunshots at the two young men,” Maddrey said
The teens ran between two cars, Maddrey said. The 14-year-old boy was shot and fell between the cars. The 15-year-old victim, who’d been shot in the left leg, made it into the street and ran toward Lexington. A passerby saw what was happening and pulled the 15-year-old boy to safety, helping the teen and calling 911.
Both teens were taken to a hospital for treatment. The older teen is expected to survive, Maddrey said. The 14-year-old boy is in “very, very serious condition.”
It’s unclear if the teens knew the shooter, but it does appear they were targeted, police said. The shooter fled the scene. Police have not yet released a description.
“This is terrible and we shouldn’t have to suffer through this gun violence,” Maddrey said. “New York is so much better.”
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