When shots rang out Monday outside a school in Jamaica, Queens, Ashley Ermoogan was apparently in the wrong place at the wrong time and was hit by a stray bullet.
“It just hurts a lot, I can barely even move my arm,” she said.
The bullet in her shoulder is too close to a major artery for doctors to remove it.
“The bullet is real close to one of her main arteries and they can’t do surgery because it’s a life or death situation,” her father Ravie Armoogan said.
Ashley is in pain, but she’s also grateful that she’s alive to talk about it.
“I had an angel guarding me,” Ashley said.
The 16-year-old is at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in stable condition. She is expected to be hospitalized for some time.
Police are investigating the connection between Monday’s shooting leaving Ashely injured and another shooting Saturday killing 14-year-old Aamir Griffin as he was playing basketball near the Baisley Park Houses.
“What we have is two groups, tend to be young kids, 15 to 16 is the ages that keep coming up fighting each other,” said NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea. “There have been a number of incidents. Those two cases that you referenced are very active investigations at this point and we’ll have more further.”
Ashley is thinking about Griffin’s family as she recovers and her family will be at Griffin’s funeral
“I feel very sad for his family because I feel like he didn’t deserve that,” she said.