Cops arrest gunman who fired outside NYC school, police say

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A 45-year-old man fired multiple gunshots outside a Bronx elementary school just as students were getting out of class, the NYPD said Thursday.

Frankie Fragoso allegedly hit an unoccupied car as he blasted away at around 2:15 p.m. Tuesday across from P.S. 44 David C. Farragut at Prospect Avenue and East 176th Street, cops said.

There were no injuries in the incident and it was not clear who or what Fragoso may have been shooting at.

“While youth coordination officers were ensuring that students were safe during school dismissal, they heard a gunshot,” a tweet posted by the 48 Precinct reads.

“Thanks to video & witnesses, they were able to get a description of the shooter. Public safety officers tracked down the suspect who was in possession of the (gun).”

Police canvassed the area and arrested Fragoso, who was in possession of a black firearm, cops said.

He was charged with criminal possession of a loaded weapon and criminal possession of a loaded weapon at a school, cops said. He was also charged with reckless endangerment, criminal possession of a firearm and criminal mischief, according to cops.

The cops who made the arrest were NYPD Youth Coordination Officers. The new designation was created in 2020 to focus on school safety.

City weapon busts shot up 28% so far this year as compared to the same period in the last pre-COVID academic term.



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