Suspect Sought After Shots Fired During HS Basketball Game In Bronx Gym

Sean Adams
January 21, 2020 - 7:15 am
Gauchos Bronx Gym

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- There were shots fired inside of a Bronx gym during a high school basketball game, officials say.

On Monday shortly before 6 p.m., officials say shots rang out inside the Gauchos Gym during a basketball tournament between Putnam Science and Our Savior Lutheran high schools.

The gunman began to shoot at the packed gym during a Martin Luther King celebration in the Mott Haven section.

"I see this guy in all black with a gun, and he's moving in the middle of the court and he's firing into the crowd of people on the bleachers," witness Chanel Osario said. 

There were no injuries reported, but police are searching for the gunman, who they say managed to escape.

The program director for the New York Gauchos, Earl Elliote released a statement after the incident:

"Unfortunately during a boys HS basketball game today at the Gauchos Gym in the Bronx, during a celebration for (MLK) one of the most iconic peacemakers in history, a reckless spectator decided to shoot off a gun in the crowded gym during the game. We are fortunate enough that no one was reported injured or shot."

"As we strive to support our young people and the community around us, we will not let this situation darken our bright star that has shined here for the past 53 years," Elliote added.

He also urged anyone with information to report it to the 40th Precinct.