Skip to main content /US /US

Two students shot, wounded at NYC high school

NEW YORK (CNN) -- Two students were shot and wounded at Martin Luther King Jr. High School in Manhattan on Tuesday, the 73rd anniversary of the birth of the man for whom the school was named.

Shortly after the shooting, an unidentified male was taken into custody by police several blocks from the school. However, police later said he is not believed to be the shooter.

"There's some indication [the shootings] may have been gang-related," said Harold Levy, chancellor of the New York City school system.

Levy identified the victims as Andrel Napper, 17, and Andre Wilkins, 18, who were taken to St. Vincent's Hospital. However, the hospital said the two victims were 16.

One was shot in the back and has a perforated lung, according to a hospital spokesman. The other was shot in the upper left buttock, he said.

New York City officials investigate the shooting of two male students at a Manhattan high school. WCBS' Pablo Guzman reports (January 16)

Play video
(QuickTime, Real or Windows Media)

Both were listed in serious condition late Tuesday afternoon, but were conscious and being readied for surgery, the spokesman said.

The shooting took place on the fourth floor of the school, and police recovered a .380-caliber gun on the fifth floor. Three shell casings were found, police said.

School officials are now trying to determine how the suspect managed to get a gun into the school. Levy said metal detectors are in place at the main entrance, and other doors into the school can be opened only from the inside.

"Clearly, there was a breach of security in that somebody got in the building with a gun," he said. "We need to make sure that doesn't happen again."

After the shootings, the school was locked down and students were kept in classrooms until police could interview them.

"We heard two gunshots," one student said outside the school. "I ducked down. I ran out the school to the side door, and they brought my man, Mike, out. He was shot in the back."

Some students remained in classrooms after the incident, while other students were outside the school.

The school is on Amsterdam Avenue at 66th Street. Levy said the school has about 2,000 students.




Back to the top