Teen shot inside Kings Plaza mall

Photo Jan 31, 2 28 00 PM
Police respond to a shooting incident at Kings Plaza mall on Jan. 31, 2022.
Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

A 14-year-old teenager was shot in the leg inside the Kings Plaza mall Monday afternoon, the latest act of gun violence in Brooklyn involving adolescents.

The incident occurred a little before 2:30 pm, cops say, at which time police received a 911 call reporting shots fired inside the Mill Basin shopping center. The teen was found by officers outside the mall, across Avenue U at 52nd Street, collapsed with a gunshot wound to the leg. The adolescent was taken to Maimonides Medical Center where they’re expected to recover.

Frightened shoppers outside Kings Plaza after a shooting in the mall on Jan. 31, 2022.Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

Police believe that the teen was shot while walking inside the mall, after which they ran outside and collapsed to the ground across the street. An NYPD spokesperson could not identify where in the mall the shooting occurred, or in front of which store.

Police recover a gun near the scene of a shooting at Kings Plaza on Jan. 31, 2022Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

Multiple teens were arrested in connection with the incident, authorities told Brooklyn Paper, though they did not specify how many. The incident is not an active shooter investigation. Multiple guns were recovered near the scene.

Police say that the teen victim was likely the intended target, and was walking near a shoe store in the mall when the shots rang out. The shots caused mayhem throughout the mall, with many people seeking safety in stockrooms and outlet stores.

Assistant Chief Michael Kemper briefs the media after a shooting at Kings Plaza on Jan. 31, 2022Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

A spokesperson for Kings Plaza could not immediately be reached for comment. The mall has been closed since this afternoon.

This is a developing story, check back for updates.