Police Arrest 15-year-old in Harlem Children's Zone Shooting

By Jeff Mays on November 15, 2011 9:43pm | Updated on November 15, 2011 9:57pm

Police presence increased outside of the Harlem Children's Zone at 35 E. 125th Street after a student was shot there on Nov. 8.
Police presence increased outside of the Harlem Children's Zone at 35 E. 125th Street after a student was shot there on Nov. 8.
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HARLEM — A 15-year-old was arrested Monday for shooting a 19-year-old student in the shoulder at a Harlem Children's Zone school on East 125th Street last week.

The 15-year-old was charged as an adult with attempted murder, assault and criminal possession of weapon for the Nov. 8 shooting, according to police.

Police said the incident unfolded when Kenneth Taylor, 19, got into an argument with a group of roughly 15 teens outside the Promise Academy Charter School at 35 E. 125th St. prior to going inside to play basketball.

The school was closed for Election Day, but there were still after-school programs going on at the facility.

When Taylor emerged at at about 5:31 p.m. he was confronted by the same group. The 15-year-old allegedly fired a weapon, hitting Taylor in the shoulder, police said.

Taylor was taken to Harlem Hospital in stable condition, officials said. Police have had a greater presence at the school since the shooting.

Harlem Children's Zone and its president and CEO Geoffrey Canada have gained national acclaim for addressing both the educational and social barriers facing poor children in a holistic manner.

The group currently serves 17,000 children in 100 blocks of Harlem. A $10 million grant program from the federal government seeks to replicate the efforts of Harlem Children's Zone in poor neighborhoods around the country.

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