According to authorities, a 14-year-old kid was shot as he attempted to flee his assailant aboard a municipal bus in Harlem on Thursday morning.
“The bus operator barrier stopped one of the bullets, otherwise there could have been more serious consequences,” MTA President Craig Cipriano said at a press conference.
A police report said that the shooter pursued the youngster down the street before opening fire at the bus's front door.
As Deputy Inspector Peter Fiorillo of the Detective Bureau Manhattan North described it, one of the bullets struck the bus's protective shield, which was close to the driver's seat.
Another bullet hit the windshield right in front of the driver, a 39-year-old man who had worked at the company for four and a half years at the time of the shooting.
Both the youngster and the driver, who sustained a hand injury, were taken to the hospital and are expected to make a complete recovery.
“When we got the call this morning, the only surprise was not that there was a shooting, but that it was happening so early,” she added. “This is something that’s really disheartening in our community, that shootings are happening so early.”
According to a Post examination of New York Police Department statistics, at least 21 children were murdered by firearms or knives between January and September 30, more than twice the number of children slain over the same time in both 2019 and 2020.
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