Two teens arrested, one shot when Long Island senior skip day ends in gunfire

A teenager was shot during an impromptu “Senior Skip Day” event that turned into a massive teen party in Long Island, N.Y.

Social media messages prompted thousands of Long Island students to skip school on Thursday and hit the beach instead, according to local station WPIX.

The result? Over 2,000 students gathered on Long Beach doing everything from just lounging around to, of course, twerking on police cars, as usual.

The Long Beach Police reportedly tried to shut down the party but were outnumbered and had to call up the Nassau County Police for assistance.

“Witnesses [said] that police attempted to move the crowd from the beach up to East Park Avenue, where shots rang out,” as reported by local station WNYW.

“Next thing you hear is one shot go off, then you hear several more go off,” a witness told the station. “All we see is a flash, and we see a bunch of girls start running. All we see is a couple people tripping.”

A 16-year-old was reportedly shot in the torso. Two other teens were later arrested, with one of them, a 15-year-old, being charged with attempted assault, reckless endangerment, criminal use of a firearm, criminal possession of a firearm, and unlawful possession of a large-capacity ammunition device.

“Earlier today there was a large group of youth on our beach, upwards of over 2,000,” a Long Beach Police officer later recalled to station WNYW. “The group was dispersed by the Long Beach Police Department with the help of the Nassau County Police Department.”

“Segments of the group got into the area of Edwards Boulevard and Park Avenue and the individual was shot. That individual was taken to the hospital and is being treated,” he added.

Residents say these sorts of loud, out-of-control parties are now an annual thing.

“There’s always these big parties on the beach,” resident Brian Beck told WPIX, adding that this was the third year in a row that a “Senior Skip Day” party erupted on the beach.

Sadly, violent teen gatherings like this have become a dime a dozen, with the last major one occurring months earlier in Chicago, where one teen was killed and another wounded.

That gathering grew violent around 7:40 pm when, after hearing two shots being fired, officers “found two victims with gunshot wounds in the parking lot of a bank when they arrived on the scene,” according to local station WFLD.

“A 17-year-old boy was transported to Stroger Hospital with a gunshot wound to the chest and neck and was pronounced dead. A 15-year-old boy was also transported to Stroger Hospital. He was shot in the leg and listed in fair condition,” according to the station.

This incident occurred almost exactly a year after another large gathering of teens in downtown Chicago turned violent, leaving two shot.

The teens reportedly came out to riot/protest against not being allowed into Millennium Park. Meanwhile, as the teens jumped on cars and smashed their windows, two other teens nearby were shot non-fatally and taken to a hospital for treatment.

“Police said a 16-year-old boy was shot in the arm, and a 17-year-old boy was shot in the leg. Both victims were transported to Northwestern Hospital in fair condition,” local station WLS reported.

“It’s heartbreaking, kids fighting, chasing each other, some of them got guns. It’s really heartbreaking when one of them actually gets hurt, and that’s unfortunate, happened last night,” a witness who saw the chaos unfold told local station WMAQ.

Meanwhile, a woman whose car was smashed up by the teens told local station WFLD that her husband was beaten up as he sat in the driver’s seat.

“The crowd was trying to get into Millennium Park, but there are checkpoints around the perimeter and people under 21 are not allowed without an adult,” WFLD notes.

Why were they trying to get into the park so late? They’d seen “flyers posted on social media for a meetup of teens,” according to WMAQ.

Cellphone video obtained by WMAQ reportedly showed a Tesla fully engulfed.

“It was a car, they were standing on multiple cars, standing on cars, and one of the cars just kept driving in circles, which I believe that’s the one that caught on fire, they set on fire,” a witness said.

Vivek Saxena


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