Teenagers Shoot BB Gun at Elementary School in Manhattan

May 23, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
Two teenage boys in police custody are suspected of being involved in a shooting with a BB gun that looked like a rifle on a roof of a Lower East Side building at a public school on May 23. (Benjamin Chasteen/The Epoch Times)
Two teenage boys in police custody are suspected of being involved in a shooting with a BB gun that looked like a rifle on a roof of a Lower East Side building at a public school on May 23. (Benjamin Chasteen/The Epoch Times)

NEW YORK—Two teenagers were taken into custody suspected of shooting a BB gun resembling a rifle at a public school on the Lower East Side, on Wednesday. At least one person was injured in the incident. The teenagers were not students at the school.

“My office window has been shot before,” said Brett Gustafson, principal of Meyer London Public School 2. “The school windows have been shot out five times in the last two months.”

A custodian at the Meyer London Public School 2 was hit and treated briefly by paramedics in an ambulance.

The two suspects, around 15 years old, live on the second floor of a building on Henry Street, adjacent to the Meyer London Public School 2.

The custodian at the Meyer London PS 2 who was shot with a BB gun, waits next to police officers for an ambulance to come and examine him on May 23. (Benjamin Chasteen/The Epoch Times)
The custodian at the Meyer London PS 2 who was shot with a BB gun, waits next to police officers for an ambulance to come and examine him on May 23. (Benjamin Chasteen/The Epoch Times)

A student who attends the Mesivta Tifereth Jerusalem of America, situated across the street from the alleged shooters, told The Epoch Times that he knew of previous incidents involving boys living at the same location.

He said he wasn’t aware of anyone being seriously injured in the incidents, but he said, “I hope that it stops.”