Shooting Forces Lockdown At Elmhurst School
A teacher at an Elmhurst school for special education students is being praised this week for aiding an unnamed 41-year-old man who was shot in broad daylight on May 9 on the corner of 94th Street and 57th Avenue.
Police responded to the shooting, across the street from the John F. Kennedy Jr. School, at about 10 a.m. on May 9.
The school, which serves approximately 450 students with special needs, was locked down following the shooting. Police blocked off the street outside the school, as teachers placed students into safe areas inside the school building.
The school remained locked down for 45 minutes, police sources said. “It looked like the mothers were more alarmed than the kids.”
Cops said the victim and another individual were crossing 94th Street when a man approached them from behind and opened fire.
The teacher heard the gunfire and saw the victim, bleeding on the street, police said. “He ran to the street and tried to stop the bleeding until emergency crews arrived,” police said.
The victim was shot once in the leg and was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center, where he is listed in stable condition.
The suspect is described as a black male, wearing a black hoodie, who fled on foot in an unknown direction.
Police are urging anyone with information to call the Crime Stoppers Hotlines at 1-800-577-TIPS or click on www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.
The Hotline is offering a reward to anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.