New video shows attack on teenagers near Staten Island High School; NYPD trying to identify suspects – CBS New York
NEW YORK (CBSNew York) –Police released new video of an attack on two college students that sent a Staten Island high school on lockdown.
Investigators are asking for help identifying the two suspects on the surveillance video. One of them wields a handgun and uses it to beat a teenage girl, CBS2’s Christina Fan reported.
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School safety officers said the Dec.6 incident at Susan E. Wagner High School was part of a disturbing wave of violence plaguing New York City schools.
Police say two suspects assaulted two teenagers near a football field. They allegedly hit and hit a 16-year-old youth in the head with a gun and assaulted a 19-year-old. Both victims suffered swelling and bruising.
âIt’s scary, it’s surreal,â said senior Evan Lechowicz.
âIt’s just scary, as you hear about other shootings across the country,â Julianna Raimonda said.
There was another lockdown the next day. Witnesses told police they heard what sounded like a gunshot near the school. Police said a 16-year-old was later charged with felony possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment.
The students were afraid.
âI hope we have metal detectors every day now. Keep everyone safe, âsaid senior Alan Pachkovskiy.
The Education Department said it had beefed up security by adding additional police officers to the campus.
An initiative against gun violence came to the school to speak with students the day after the second lockdown.
âLet’s try to come up with alternatives to violence,â said Mike Perry, program director for True 2 Life.
âWe have had a spate of gun violence since we started our school year in September and this trend is only continuing,â said Gregory Floyd, President of Local 237.
Floyd attributed the problem to a lack of staff. He said the city has lost around 1,800 school security officers and called on authorities to take action before the situation becomes tragic.
âSome schools have half the staff they had to patrol and fight violence and make sure guns don’t get into schools,â Floyd said.
The DOE said it was working with the NYPD to identify suspects and provide support to victims.
Anyone with information is urged to call the New York Police Crime Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit a tip via their website or via DM on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All calls are kept confidential.