Gunman slays high school hoops player

An unhinged gunman hunted down and executed a 17-year-old high school basketball player on Friday afternoon following a bloodthirsty confrontation on E. 76th Street — just a few short blocks from South Shore High School.

Victim Shaquille Jones, who attended the Brooklyn Theater Arts High School inside South Shore, was nearing Flatlands Avenue with two friends at 3:05 pm when witnesses said two teens confronted the trio.

During the heated conversation, one of the teens Jones was arguing with pulled a gun and started blasting, sending everyone scattering.

Police sources say the gunman chased Jones for two blocks — shooting him in the head after catching him in an alleyway behind a Rite Aid on Flatlands Avenue near E. 78th Street.

Cops found Jones, a resident of E. 91st Street, lying dead in the alley a short time later — his backpack still slung over his shoulders.

His two friends, ages 16 and 19, were also shot, but were later located on E. 79th Street between Flatlands Avenue and Paerdegat First Street with non life-threatening injuries. Paramedics rushed both teens to Brookdale Hospital, where they were listed in stable condition after treatment.

Classmates said that Jones was “a good kid” who played for the Vikings, his high school’s basketball team.

“[Before the gunshots] we were all laughing and talking,” Shawn Brown, 18, told our sister publication, the New York Post. “We have no idea who did this to them.”

Anyone with information regarding this shooting is urged to call CrimeStoppers at (800) 577-8477. All calls will be kept confidential.

Reach reporter Thomas Tracy at ttracy@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-2525.

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