NEW YORK – Two women have been hospitalized in New York after separate shootings in Manhattan and Brooklyn, one of which led to the closure of a school.
A 26-year-old woman was near the Wagner Houses on First Avenue in East Harlem on Monday afternoon, according to police, when she was shot in the right shoulder. Authorities do not believe she was the intended target of the shooting. A 25-year-old man was arrested shortly after.
Law enforcement sources said the 25-year-old suspect was seen shooting another man from a Citi Bike. The victim was taken to Harlem Hospital with serious injuries, but he was expected to survive.
Around the same time, more violence developed on the East River in Brooklyn’s Marine Park neighborhood. A 36-year-old mother was shot in the head while she was with her son outside JHS 278 on Stuart Avenue.
The mother was seriously injured and was recovering in hospital. The father of the boy she was with was taken into custody, after police said an argument led to the shooting. However, police sources said they are investigating whether the incident was a possible suicide attempt.
Because the shooting took place so close to a school, it was forced to close, leaving parents and students terrified.
“It was kind of scary,” Zakaria, an 11-year-old student, told our sister station NBC 4 New York. “We couldn’t go anywhere other than the auditorium and we were stuck there for a few hours.”
Neither the name of the suspected shooter in the East Harlem incident, nor the man possibly involved in the Brooklyn shooting have been released.
Investigations into both incidents are ongoing.