A 19-year-old New York City school worker died after shooting in the head as he left the Brooklyn elementary school where he worked on Tuesday afternoon.
Ethan Holder of Brooklyn, the worker, is about 400 feet from the school. The shooter opened fire from across the street shortly before 3 p.m. New York police confirmed the incident on Tuesday.
According to NBC New York, the holder stumbled into a nearby deli and collapsed. Before the victim taken to Brookdale Hospital in critical condition. According to the NYPD, he died the next day.
Javier Oates, 19, of Brooklyn, arrest and charged with murder. With illegal weapon possession and unlawful use of a firearm.
Before Oates’ arrest, police stated that they believed the incident target. But the motive is not immediately clear.
Holder’s union told NBC New York that he worked for the Education Department as a school paraprofessional. On Tuesday, he assigns to P.S. 203, but he could also be transferred to other schools.
“I am heartbroken and outraged that one of our dedicated employees senselessly a victim of random gun violence,” said Schools Chancellor David C. Banks in a statement Tuesday.
“Our educators, students, and families deserve better than to live with the threat of gun violence,” he said, adding that he in contact with P.S. 203’s principal and would “ensure that the students have the counselling services they need as they grapple with this tragedy.” He states that he would collaborate with police to improve security around the school.
This is a tragedy.
The rivers of violence bringing guns into our communities didn’t begin in our city but they will end here. We will keep our city safe.
If you have any information on this shooting please contact the NYPD immediately. https://t.co/4cRsSa0iuT
— Mayor Eric Adams (@NYCMayor) October 12, 2022
“This is a tragedy,” Mayor Eric Adams said on Twitter on Tuesday.
“The rivers of violence that bring guns into our communities did not start here. But they will end here. We will protect our city, “he said, urging residents to contact the NYPD if they have any information.