New York kids shot with pellet guns after row over game at UES Playground


A group of fifth graders were shot with pellet guns at an Upper East Side playground on Friday after a boy got upset about a game, parents at a school say neighbor.

The incident happened at 4 p.m. Friday at the Parks Department’s Samuel Seabury Playground behind the Lower Lab School on Third Avenue and East 96th Street, according to a message sent by the school’s PTA presidents. .

The fifth graders were playing ball when the slightly older boy joined them. says the message.

“At one point this boy got upset with the rules and waved at his friends, who came with pellet guns and started shooting at a number of children,” the post said.

A parent chased the armed youths, according to the PTA memo, which said a police report had been filed.

“They chased a small child in the back [of the playground] and they kept shooting at him, and he tried to hide behind a rock. One of the parents approached them and tried to tell them to stop and take the gun away from them, but they started hitting him with the gun, shooting him, threatening him and to make death threats,” said Richard Cruz, who works for “Kids in Motion,” a Parks Department youth program. “They weren’t listening to any kind of authority.”

Richard Cruz, who works for a Parks Department youth program, said a parent was shot several times in the face and back, and four or five children were shot, including one in the leg.
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He said a parent was shot several times in the face and back, and four or five children were shot, including one in the leg. He noted that there was “no blood, but there were lots of bruises”.

Cruz called the child’s local troublemakers and said they had recently tried to lock him in a supply room next to the park restroom.

A Department of Education spokesperson referred questions to the NYPD, which could not immediately provide information about the incident.

In addition to the Lower Lab School, which offers a talent program, the building also houses PS 198, a zoned community school.

In June, 20-year-old mother Azsia Johnson was shot and killed near the playground as she pushed her youngest child in a pushchair. Her former boyfriend has been charged with the heinous crime.

“Albany must urgently change the laws that put our children at risk before another tragedy occurs,” said Danyela Souza Egorov, a Lower Lab parent and member of the District 2 Community Education Council.



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