HARLEM, Manhattan — A teenage boy being chased by a group of other teens was shot as he got onto a bus in Harlem Thursday morning, authorities said.
The 14-year-old victim was struck when gunfire erupted outside the MTA bus around 10:20 a.m. at the intersection of West 139th Street and Lenox Avenue, authorities said.
According to police, the 14-year-old was walking home when a group of teens, including the gunman, followed him. Law enforcement sources told PIX11 that the victim is a known gang member and was the intended target of the rival gunman.
The boy jumped onto the bus hoping to try to get away from the group, but the gunman got on the bus and fired shots, authorities said.
One of the shots grazed the boy and the other hit the bus driver’s partition. The driver was not hit because of the partition, but was transported to an area hospital for minor injuries and trauma, authorities said.
The 14-year-old victim, who lived nearby, got off the bus and ran home. His mother then saw he was bleeding and rushed him to the hospital, authorities said.
No arrests had been made, as of Thursday morning.
The teen victim is just the latest in an ongoing tragic trend of gun violence involving children across New York City.
According to NYPD data, the number of youth shooting victims has nearly doubled in 2021 compared to the same time period just two years ago.
Between Jan. 1 and Sept. 26, there were 89 shooting victims ages 17 and younger – up from 45 in 2019, according to the NYPD.
Correction: It was initially unclear if the victim was the intended target or not.