Gunman on Brooklyn Rooftop Kills Woman as She Tries to Shield Children


Former Staff
Jan 2010
Gunman on Brooklyn Rooftop Kills Woman as She Tries to Shield Children
Published: October 21, 2011

A mother picking up her child was shot to death across the street from a school in Brownsville, Brooklyn, on Friday afternoon as she tried to protect several children from a gunman on a rooftop who opened fire on a group of rivals on a crowded street, the police said.

An 11-year-old-girl was grazed in the cheek and another woman who was also retrieving her child was hit in the arm and chest as the man fired at least a dozen shots with an automatic pistol onto Watkins Street from his perch atop a five-story building on Pitkin Avenue, the police said. The second woman, 31, was in stable condition on Friday night at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center.

The gunman’s spree began about 2:30 p.m., the police said, about 15 minutes after the last students were dismissed from Public School 298, at 85 Watkins Street, where about 540 children in prekindergarten through eighth grade are enrolled.

The two women, and several children, were outside Peanut Lucky Supermarket, at 112 Watkins Street, diagonally across the street from the school and about a block from where the gunman was standing atop 1800 Pitkin Avenue.

The gunfire thrust Zurana Horton, 34, the woman who was killed, into action. She “was seen moments before she was shot, hovering over several children to protect them as the shots were fired,” said Paul J. Browne, the Police Department’s chief spokesman. “She probably saved lives.”

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Mr. Browne said the shooting was related to a fight between at least two groups of teenagers on the street who were “throwing things at each other.” Detectives were investigating whether the gunman was involved in that fight, he said.

Investigators were questioning three young men on Friday night but had not identified them as suspects, he said.

“We are looking for two others, including the gunman,” Mr. Browne said. The gun was not recovered, he said.

OMG .... they opened fire on a crowd outside an elementary school at pickup time when the school day ended. OMG !

That woman was a hero. :(