Arrested for killing a girl walking on a New York street

NEW YORK – A suspect was charged Saturday in the fatal shooting of a teenage girl walking home from school when she was hit by a stray bullet during a street row in New York City.

New York City Police Department officials announced the arrest of Jeremiah Ryan for murder, attempted murder and criminal firearms possession. It wasn’t immediately clear if 17-year-old Ryan had an attorney who could speak for him.

Prosecutors said Ryan will appear in court either later Saturday or Sunday. They declined further comment.

The Bronx shooting was the latest episode of high-profile violence in the city amid a spike in crime during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Police identified the girl killed in the shooting as 16-year-old Angellyh Yambo. Another 16-year-old girl was hit in the leg. A 17-year-old boy was injured in the buttocks. Both are expected to survive.

Police said the shooting appeared to have started after Ryan and another person gestured across an intersection. The attacked children walked by the sidewalk on their way home from school, police said.


Police were investigating whether the shooting suspect, who had no criminal record, used a so-called “ghost gun” – home-made firearms that can be built from parts bought online and lack serial numbers typically used to track them. They said a total of six rounds were fired.

At a news conference on Saturday, Assistant Police Commissioner Timothy McCormack expressed his dismay at the circumstances of the case.

“We have two families that are completely devastated right now — our victim’s family and our shooter’s family,” McCormack said. He described the suspect’s mother as “a hard working woman” whose child had “no police contact” prior to his arrest.

The shooting took place outside of the South Bronx Educational campus, which is home to two schools, Mott Haven Village Prep and University Heights Secondary School.

The Department of Education said two of the teenagers went to Mott Haven. The third teenager attended nearby University Prep Charter High School.


Mayor Eric Adams has made fighting crime a priority since taking office on Jan. 1. Homicides have fallen slightly compared to this time last year, but gun violence overall remains at levels not seen in a decade.

In New York City, shootings plummeted to all-time lows from 2012 to 2019, but that progress was partially wiped out during the pandemic and social unrest of the past two years. Violence is still well below the city’s lowest point in the 1990s or even the decade after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

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