Teen shot and injured outside high school on Upper West Side
A teenager was shot multiple times and injured outside a high school on the Upper West Side Tuesday.
The shooting happened on Tuesday at 9:50 a.m. in front of the Martin Luther King Jr. Educational Campus on Amsterdam Avenue at 66th Street.
The 17-year-old victim was shot in the torso and taken into the school for treatment before he was rushed to New York Presbyterian Hospital.
Police say he was shot up to three times and was said to have a critical but non-life-threatening injury.
The gunman was arrested a short distance away. He’s refusing to talk to police, so the NYPD is working to figure out his background.
The campus went into a brief shelter-in which has since been lifted, but the Education Department said the shooting was not school-related.
Mayor Eric Adams visited the shooting scene about 90 minutes later, but did not speak.
Accompanied by police officials, he went into a coffee shop at 172 Amsterdam Avenue. The shooting appears to have occurred immediately outside.
The suspect, who appears to be a teen, fled west from the shooting scene but was caught near West End Avenue. A gun was recovered nearby.
Students were temporarily being kept inside both the Martin Luther King Jr. Educational Campus and LaGuardia High School, two nearby schools
The motive of the shooting is not yet known.
A spokesperson for Local 237 Teamsters, which represents school safety agents, reacted saying, “1,500 fewer school safety agents equals 12 consecutive days of violence. What’s the surprise?”
The identity of the victim and the alleged gunman have not yet been released.