Teen Girl Killed, 2 Other Students Shot Outside Bronx High School

One teenage girl was killed Friday and two others were injured in a shooting outside a Bronx high school, authorities confirmed to Newsweek.

All three of the victims in the fatal incident outside South Bronx Educational Campus were students. Both of the students who were injured were in stable condition, the New York City Police Department said. One of them, a 16-year-old girl, was shot in the legs, and the other, a 17-year-old boy, was shot in the buttocks.

The teenage girl who was pronounced dead after being shot in the torso was also 16 years old, the NYPD said.

The shooting was one of several harmful or deadly incidents involving gunfire in the city in recent months. A child was fatally shot in a parked car last Thursday, and a toddler was recently shot in the arm outside a Brooklyn daycare.

Bronx Shooting
One teenage girl was killed Friday and two others were injured in a shooting outside a a Bronx high school Friday. Above, a police car with flashing lights is seen in Philadelphia on Monday, January 17. Matt Rourke/AP Photo

Many details about the Bronx shooting on Friday remained unclear, including why it happened and who was behind it. The NYPD said that no arrests have been made.

NYPD Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell said at a press briefing Friday that it appeared that the "brazen criminals" allegedly behind the shooting opened fire during a dispute.

"We're here this afternoon to update New Yorkers about a tragic shooting, a shooting that took the life of a teen, a young woman with a bright future, and injured two other teenagers who were struck by bullets on the streets of the Bronx," Sewell said.

"What I can say with confidence is that NYPD detectives are working tirelessly to bring those responsible for this to justice," she added, asking anyone with information on the incident to contact 1-800-577-TIPS.

Authorities said during the briefing that the shooting took place at the corner of ​​156th Street and St. Ann's Avenue shortly before 1:45 p.m. One suspect standing on the southeast corner of the intersection was seen gesturing to another person on the southwest corner. The gesturing went back and forth, and the suspect on the southeast corner allegedly pulled out a firearm and fired it in the westbound direction, according to the NYPD.

The three victims, all of whom were walking on the south side of 156th Street at the time, were struck by bullets.

All three victims were taken to Lincoln Hospital, WABC-TV reported.

The 16-year-old girl who was killed was pronounced dead at the hospital, the department said. The NYPD was withholding the names of the victims while officers worked to notify their families.

Fabien Levy, press secretary to New York City Mayor Eric Adams, tweeted Friday afternoon that Adams had been briefed with the available information on the shooting.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul lamented the fatal shooting on Twitter.

"Our hearts break for their family & we pray that the other victims recover," the tweet read. "This is why we are working to get guns off the street & hold those who commit gun crimes accountable. We must keep our children safe."

Update 4/8/22, 5:23 p.m. ET: This story was updated with additional information and background.