Woman Killed, Others Injured in Shooting Outside Brooklyn Elementary School
Friday, October 21, 2011
An unidentified gunmen opened fire outside of a an elementary school in Brownsville, Brooklyn, on Friday afternoon, police officials said. One parent was killed and an 11-year-old child and another parent were injured.
The shooting occurred at around 2:30 p.m. Police believe the shooter was firing from a nearby rooftop, where at least seven 9mm semi-automatic shell casings were found. Five other shell casings were found on the sidewalk in front of that building, according to police. Investigators were also looking into the possibility that the gunman was shooting at a group of teenage boys that were fighting on the street below.
The woman who was killed, 34-year-old Zurana Horton, was at PS 298, the Bette Shabazz School, to pick up here child. She was seen protecting children when she was shot and killed. Another woman, 31, was taken to Brookdale Hospital after bullets struck her arm and chest. The 11-year-old girl, a sixth grade student at the school, injured one of her arms and had a graze wound on her cheek. She was also being treated at Brookdale. The police added that none of the victims were related.
Police are still searching for suspects. Three men were seen fleeing the scene. NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said the shooter was being sought, and police were offering a $12,000 reward for information in the case.
The victims were on a street corner behind the school when the gunmen started firing, according to a spokeswoman from the Department of Education.
With the Associated Press