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Vinegar Hill elementary school goes into lockdown after two people shot nearby • Brooklyn Paper

Vinegar Hill elementary school goes into lockdown after two people shot nearby

Taped off: PS 287 went into lockdown on Thursday after someone was shot nearby.
Community News Group / Lauren Gill

A Vinegar Hill elementary school went into lockdown after a gunman shot two people nearby on Thursday afternoon.

The shooter opened fire at Navy and Gold streets around 1 pm, and the city promptly sealed up nearby PS 287, according to police.

The pupils inside were all fine, but family members of students say they panicked when they arrived to find police tape up around the school.

“I walked up and saw police and was here thinking something had happened,” said a woman whose 6-year-old granddaughter goes to PS 287 on Nassau and Gold streets. “It’s scary.”

The gunman blasted an 18-year-old man in the leg and one of his bullets also grazed a 28-year-old female bystander, according to police.

The teen hobbled to Navy and Nassau streets, where emergency responders found him and took him to Methodist Hospital. He is expected to survive, but the shooting appears to be gang-related and he is not cooperating with investigators, a police spokesman said.

Paramedics also took the wounded bystander to the hospital, and she is also expected to live, police said.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at lgill@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill

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