Someone with a gun opened fire as students were let out of school Friday afternoon in Brooklyn, killing one parent who had tried to shield children and injuring an 11-year-old girl and another parent, police and school officials said.
The shooting happened at about 2:30 p.m., and police were investigating whether the shooter fired from a nearby rooftop where shell casings were discovered.
A 34-year-old woman, Zurana Horton, who had hovered over students to protect them as shots were fired, was pronounced dead at the scene. A 31-year-old woman was hit in an arm and the chest and was hospitalized.
The 11-year-old girl, a sixth-grader at the school, injured one of her arms and had a graze wound on her cheek. None of the victims was related, police said.
The victims were on a street corner at the back of the elementary school when the gunshots rang out, Department of Education spokeswoman Margie Feinberg said.
It's unclear how many shots were fired. Seven shell casings from a 9mm semi-automatic pistol were found on the nearby rooftop. Five other shell casings were found on the sidewalk in the front of that building, police said.
Three men were seen fleeing the scene, and police were questioning at least one person. Police offered a $12,000 reward for information in the case.
The school's neighborhood, Brownsville, is among the most crime-plagued in the city.