Monday, February 14, 2011

Armed Gunman In Vidalia Playground Police Standoff


An armed 15 -year-old boy kept law enforcement and family at bay for hours yesterday in a drama that unfolded in a Parks Department building in
. (
180th St. bet. Vyse & Daly Aves.)
The boy,
wanted for questioning in connection with shooting a man
in Fordham was arrested after a tense standoff with police.

At 11:00 am the teenage gunman
ran up to a parks worker and asked if he could hide inside the parks building, according to sources. After the worker said no, he
brandished a Glock pistol and
locked himself inside the park house.
The assailant managed to climb up in a crawl space and burrow himself in. ESU deployed a camera after and eventually located him.
The youth’s mother, NYPD, SWATT,
and hostage negotiators were at the scene.

After some prodding from law enforcement, the gunman eventually surrendered after being spotted nestled near the ceiling. When he was escorted out of the building he was wearing just one boot. Police later recovered the gun hidden inside the boy's other boot.

He was transported to St. Barnanas Hospital for psychological evaluation and then to the 48 Precinct where he was charged with weapons possession, authorities said.

The interior of the park house sustained considerable damage in the ordeal. - Geoffrey Croft

Read More:
New York Post -
February 14, 2011 -
By Jessica Simeone

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