HARLEM, Manhattan — A teenage boy and cab driver both remained in critical condition early Monday morning after an unknown gunman opened fire on a Harlem street Saturday night, NYPD officials said.
The 15-year-old boy was standing near 131st Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard on Saturday night when a vehicle pulled up around 9:45 p.m., police said. Someone inside discharged a gun multiple times, striking the teen in the stomach and a nearby taxi driver, 24, in the head.
The driver was critically injured. A woman and child were in the cab at the time.
Cops originally believed the cabbie was struck when the teen fired back in return, however video showed later that he did not fire a weapon, police sources said.
However, video showed the teen throwing a handgun after he was shot, which someone else grabbed and ran off with, according to police sources.
The cab driver and teen were both hospitalized. Police sources said the younger victim was in police custody at the hospital after tossing his gun.
The NYPD said early Monday that the teen’s injuries had become life-threatening.
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Editor’s note: Police on Sunday initially reported the teen also fired a weapon, but law enforcement sources later clarified that further investigation revealed the boy did not shoot.