Son of NYPD cop shocked he was shot outside ‘safe’ Queens school

The 17-year-old son of an NYPD cop said he was shocked that he was shot outside Maspeth High School in his “safe” Queens neighborhood.

“In Maspeth?” Ryan Mera told The Post Thursday. “Do not. It wasn’t like that before. It’s been changing all the time. It has changed.

“Incident after incident lately,” he added. “It’s changing every day that goes by.”

The teen said that his parents now want to move.

“I still feel safe going to school and it’s about finished,” Mera added. “I’m a junior. But my parents want to move me to a different school for the senior year.”

Mera said he was waiting for his girlfriend outside a nearby dim sum restaurant across from the Elmhurst school shortly after 1:40 pm Wednesday when the gunman rode by on a scooter and shot him in the arm.

“I was waiting for my girlfriend by the Chinese store,” he said. “Two people on mopeds pulled up. I have pulled it out. He pulled it out, cocked it back and shot.”

The teen was hit in the arm but suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

The 17-year-old was not the intended target.

A 15-year-old student was later arrested and charged with attempted murder, assault, reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon.

The NYPD would not identify the suspect because of his age. The Post is also withholding his name from him.

Police also said Thursday that Mera was not the intended target, but a bystander.

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People stand by the scene of the crime after the Maspeth shooting.
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The shooting stemmed from a beef at the school between the teen gunman and another student who was walking with Mera at the time, sources said.

“It was an electric moped,” Mera told The Post. “I thought my friend was shot and I asked him and he said, ‘No, you were shot.’ I looked down at my left arm from him and I had two holes by my elbow.

“My friend took off his shirt and wrapped it and we walked into the school,” he said. “I told them I got shot and I sat on a chair. And the gym teacher was holding my arm, wrapping in the shirt and applying pressure until the ambulance comes.

“They said it was a lucky shot,” he added. “It didn’t hit a bone and went through. I can move my arm. A month or two to recover.”

The incident comes amid a continued spike in gun violence in the Big Apple — including several shootings near city schools.

Last month, 16-year-old Angellyh Yambo, a straight-A student, was shot and killed by a stray bullet outside University Prep Charter High School in the South Bronx.

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The unidentified shooter has been apprehended by police.
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Two other students were wounded in the volley of bullets.

In March a 3-year-old girl was wounded while she was leaving a Brownsville, Brooklyn, daycare center with her dad, and 12-year-old Kade Lewin was shot and killed in East Flatbush while sitting in a parked minivan eating dinner.

Additional reporting by Amanda Woods

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