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Two Teenage Boys Arrested in BB Gun Attack on Lower East Side

By Jess Wisloski | May 24, 2012 2:18am
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LOWER EAST SIDE — The NYPD arrested two teenage boys Wednesday night for their suspected role in a BB gun attack on the Lower East Side, police said.

The boys, aged 14 and 15, were being held by police and expected to be facing charges of assault, reckless endangerment, and criminal possession of a weapon, an NYPD spokesperson said early Thursday.

Police said they first received a call at 12:43 p.m. Wednesday reporting that two kids with a rifle were stationed on a roof across from the caller's location. 

Police identified the roof's location as 135 Henry St., near Pike Street.

Police were conducting a patrol of the interior of the Henry Street building when they got another emergency call, this time for shots fired.

According to police, the call came from P.S. 2, Meyer London Elementary School, at 122 Henry St., where a school custodian had been struck by a BB gun pellet.

The pellet broke the custodian's skin on his calf, but he refused medical attention, police said.

The officers who were still inside 135 Henry St. repeatedly knocked on one door, which police said was eventually opened by the two suspects.

Police said the BB rifle was spotted in plain sight in the living room after the boys opened the door. Officers also observed a blow-dart gun, nunchucks, and knives, police said.

The boys were taken into custody and transported to the Seventh Precinct, where they were being held early Thursday morning.

Official charges against the boys were pending. It was unclear whether the boys would be charged as juveniles or adults.