The 16-year-old girl who was shot and wounded outside her high school this week has been left “traumatized” by the incident and does not want to go back to school, the teen’s father said Thursday.
“She’s not doing well. She didn’t sleep all night. She’s in a lot of pain,” Ravie Armoogan, 49, said of his daughter Ashley Armoogan at the family’s Queens home. “She’s just scared. She don’t want to go back to school.”
“If something falls, she thinks it’s a shot,” said Ravie, who added that the teen is “very nervous” about the bullet still lodged in her shoulder.
According to Ravie, “the doctors said if they take the bullet out, there is a 10 percent [chance] of her living.”
Ashley, a student at New Dawn Charter High School in Jamaica who started there in September, was hit by a stray bullet outside the school around 4 p.m. Monday.
Ravie, an engineer working in the Manhattan federal court building, said his daughter told him that when she left school that day, she saw “some fighting” going on outside.
“When she see the fighting, she was walking home and she heard a gunshot and she run,” the dad recalled. “Then she heard the next shot. She keep running. When she keep running, she fell half a block. When she fell … she pull for her jacket, she see that her finger was wet and she was bleeding.”
Ravie said Ashley then called her mother to say: “Mom, I think I’m bleeding. I’ve been shot, if you could come right now.”
The teen was released from Long Island Jewish Medical Center on Wednesday evening, Ravie said.
“We’re just thankful that she’s home,” Ravie said. “We’re doing a lot of prayers. It’s a tough situation, a tough time for us right now. Thank God that she’s home.”
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The news broke Thursday that a 16-year-old boy was charged with attempted murder in connection with the shooting that wounded Ashley.
The unidentified teen suspect faces two counts of assault, reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon over the incident, police said.
That suspect and two other boys — a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old — were busted in a shooting that occurred an hour before Ashley was hit.
Investigators have linked Ashley’s shooting with the fatal shooting of 14-year-old Aamir “Buddy” Griffin on a basketball court two miles away Saturday night.
“I’m so glad and happy that he got arrested, and them,” said Ravie. “Those guys wouldn’t be able to hurt other kids.”
Ravie added that the recent violence has shaken his family.
“We like it here, but with all the shooting that’s going on, it’s kind of getting scary,” he said. “Me and my wife was thinking about moving, maybe to Florida.”
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