A mother trying to pick up her sons from a Brighton Beach elementary school was caught in the crossfire yesterday when gunfire erupted outside the school. Safia Bibi, 35, says a large group of teenagers were fighting near the school, located on Brighton 6th Street, when she arrived to retrieve her son shortly before 2:30 p.m. When one of the teens opened fire, Bibi was shot in the arm.
An NYPD spokesperson says Bibi was rushed to Lutheran Hospital, where she was treated and released. Bibi's son's school, PS 253, was briefly placed on lockdown, as was William E. Grady High School, which is located on the same street. Police say no arrests were made and the investigation is ongoing.
"She's scared, everyday scared to get the kids, it's crazy," Bibi's niece tells NBC New York, adding that fights outside William E. Grady High School are far too common. (Bibi said the crowd of teenagers was so large it made the sidewalk impassable.) Another local resident says, "Every time school is dismissed there's a lot of activity. Wish there was more police presence."
“I’m scared," Bibi told the Daily News after she was released from the hospital. "I’m scared for my children and I’m scared for myself. I’m scared of them."