2010-07-16 / Top Stories

Youth Shot Leaving PS 43 Summer School

By Howard Schwach

Police officers and detectives outside PS/MS 43 right after the shooting. Police officers and detectives outside PS/MS 43 right after the shooting. A 13-year-old summer school student was shot in the leg on July 8 as he left MS/PS 43, setting off a lock-down for both the summer school and a day camp program running in the building, police say.

Police responding to a call of three shots fired at Beach 29 Street and the boardwalk found the still-unidentified boy shot once in the leg.

The youth had just been dismissed from the summer school at about 11:50 a.m., when the shots were fired from near the boardwalk. Police have not determined whether or not he was the intended target.

Nearly 1,000 students were locked down in the building until officials determined that it was safe for them to exit the building.

The student reportedly staggered to the beach, where he notified a lifeguard at Beach 32 Street that he had been shot. The lifeguard called for police and an ambulance.

Police said that a fight on the boardwalk preceded the shooting, but they declined to comment on what brought about the argument or whether the shot youth was involved.

Police officials called a Level I mobilization, bringing police officers from all over southern Queens, as well as specialized units such as aviation and the emergency services unit.

While aviation units swept the boardwalk, looking for two teenagers with braids and do-rags, ESU units looked for spent shells and weapons.

The youth was transported to Jamaica Hospital where he was treated for a gunshot wound.

Police say that he was stable and that his wound was not life-threatening.

Detectives from the 101 Squad are investigating. Anybody with information is urged to contact the squad at 718-868-3429.

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