A teenage boy was shot twice in the abdomen near his Manhattan high school on Tuesday morning — triggering lockdowns at that and another nearby school and leaving students scared and in shock.
The victim was shot just before 10 a.m. on the corner of Amsterdam Avenue and West 68th Street, just blocks from Martin Luther King High School on the Upper West Side, police said.
He was rushed to a local hospital, where he was in stable condition.
The teen may have run inside MLK High School, where he is a student, after being wounded, according to police sources.
The school locked down after the shooting, as did nearby LaGuardia High School of Music.
One suspect was in custody, police sources said. Authorities also recovered a gun.
Students and workers at stores on Amsterdam Avenue described the panic they felt after the shots rang out.
“I heard a woman screaming at the top of her lungs, ‘Don’t do it! No, don’t do it!’” one worker said. “Seconds later, there were three shots. I looked out the window and construction workers on the scaffolding” above the local bakery Boule & Cherie “all ducked. I locked the door and hid.”
“I’m kind of scared, honestly,” said Tristan Hinds, a 15-year-old student at LaGuardia. “Gun violence is really ramping up around here.”Mayor Eric Adams went to the Upper West Side neighborhood following the shooting Tuesday morning but left without answering questions.
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