Teen arrested and charged with shooting student near Maspeth High School

Maspeth High School shot
Scenes from the shooting near Maspeth High School on Wednesday, May 11. (Photo by Lloyd Mitchell)

Police on May 11 arrested a 15-year-old in connection with a shooting near Maspeth High School, where a 17-year-old student was shot in the arm.

According to law enforcement from the 104th Precinct, the teen was arrested and charged with attempted murder, assault, criminal possession of a loaded firearm on school grounds and reckless endangerment.

The shooting allegedly stemmed from a dispute between two 15-year-old boys, police said. On May 11, around 1:40 p.m., police reported that the 17-year-old victim had been shot at 74th Street and Grand Avenue.

Reports said that the teen is a student at Maspeth High School and ran inside the building after he was shot. An NYPD spokesperson said that he was brought to Elmhurst hospital and is “expected to survive.”

The teen is believed to be the son of an NYPD officer, according to reports, but police could not immediately confirm with QNS.

Maspeth High School went into lockdown following the shooting and later announced via Twitter that the lockdown had been lifted.

The school issued a letter to parents and students saying that “the safety and well-being of all students and staff members at Maspeth High School remains our highest priority.”

Read the full letter below.

Maspeth High School shooting
Courtesy of Maspeth High School

According to student Isiah Perez, the teen who was shot is named Bryan.

“After a period after I got into the school, there was a hard lock down. We were stuck in the ambulance. Bryan is chill. I [went] with him to the ambulance. I am very upset that he was shot,” Perez said.

Congresswoman Grace Meng took to Twitter to condemn the shooting.

“I condemn the shooting of a 17-year-old near #Maspeth High School. Hoping the student makes a full recovery. Must continue doing all we can to keep our kids safe.”

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