By Carol Tannenhauser
A teenager was shot in the stomach on Tuesday morning at around 9:54 a.m., on W. 68th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, police told West Side Rag. The 17 year old was taken to Weill-Cornell Medical Center in stable condition. Police have “a person of interest” in custody.
There are no further details at this time. An investigation is ongoing.
Update: The NYPD held a press conference at around 12:40 p.m., revealing more details about the incident. Witnesses told police there was a “physical altercation” before the shooting, involving a group of four to five teenage boys. A gun was displayed and a 17 year old was shot multiple times in the abdomen. He then ran two blocks to his high school (Martin Luther King High School on 66th Street), where an ambulance was called. Chief of Patrol John Chell emphasized that “the shooting did not take place in the school.” Subsequently, he said, thanks to the quick response and detailed descriptions of Upper West Siders, police from the 20th precinct were able to apprehend the suspected shooter in a yellow cab one block away, and a firearm was recovered. The suspect is a 19-year-old male who has three prior arrests, two for narcotics in 2023, and one for armed robbery in 2021, for which he is currently out on bail, Chief Chell said. Police have not taken a statement from the victim, as he “is just out of surgery.” You can watch the entire press conference below.
Watch as Chief of Patrol John Chell provides an update on an active police investigation. https://t.co/H18WAsl2FU
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