Window Shot Traumatizes Tween
“My son, Keanu, is so traumatized that he can’t go into the apartment, can’t go near his bedroom, can’t even sleep well at his grandmother’s,” the tween’s mother, Tara Alameda, told The Wave this week. “He’s too frightened, he can’t even go near his X-box, and that’s saying something.”
Keanu Alameda is 12, a seventh-grade student at Channel View School for Research in Rockaway Park.
At midnight on April 4, he was sitting on the edge of his bed on the 19th floor of 120 Beach 19 Street, in the Ocean Park Apartments near Seagirt Boulevard.
Tara Alameda was in the living room of the apartment when she heard eight to ten shots.
She got up to check on her son, she says, when he came running out of his bedroom, screaming and crying.
“As first, I thought that the sound of the shots had frightened him, but when I went into the bedroom, I saw the window smashed and a bullet lying in the window frame.”
She called police and detectives came and took the bullet, she said, adding that her son normally kept the window open, an eventuality that would have allowed the bullet to come right into the room.
Alameda who is a school social worker and will soon earn her master’s degree, says that the shooting is the “last straw.”
“I like Rockaway and want to stay, but when I get my degree, I’m gone,” she says.
She blames management for the problem.
“There are groups of teens hanging out in the lobby and in the courtyard at all hours and security is afraid to move them along,” she says. “They put one guard in each building, but that is not enough because they are often gone and they don’t do anything even when they are there.”
Detectives from the 101 Precinct are investigating. The theory is that a visitor fired the shot that penetrated the window.
“I am very upset,” Alameda says. “That could have been my son’s life, and the management does not seem to care. The manager just said that he is glad my son is alright and that they are going to discuss the incident. That is not action to stop it from happening in the future.”
Meanwhile, Keanu remains at his grandmother’s home in Inwood, anxious to go home and back to school, but afraid to even enter the apartment.