Cops on Thursday arrested a 16-year-old boy suspected of shooting an innocent girl outside her Queens charter school — and the victim says the stray bullet might be too risky to ever remove from her shoulder.
Doctors told 16-year-old Ashley Armoogan and her family that she would have only a 10% chance of survival if they tried to remove the bullet lodged on her left side near arteries that connect to her heart.
She returned home Wednesday with the slug still lodged inside her.
“I feel sick. It still hurts a lot,” she said Thursday at he Richmond Hill home. “I can barely even move my arm.”
“They said they can’t remove the bullet because it’s too dangerous,” she said. “I’m scared because there’s a whole bullet in my arm. I’m scared it’s going to move and affect something else.”
Ashley was standing near the New Dawn Charter High School II on 161st St. near 89th Ave. in Jamaica Hills when she was hit about 3:55 p.m. Monday.
She was walking to a bus stop when she heard fighting and then a gunshot. As she started running away, she heard another shot. About half a block after hearing that second shot, she fell.
“I felt something hit me, but it wasn’t hard,” Ashley said, “It didn’t feel like it was a bullet. That’s when I started running. That’s when everybody started running. I heard another one, turned to the corner and then I pulled up my jacket because it was falling, Then I looked at my hand I saw blood. Then I looked at my shoulder and saw the bullet hole.
“I just started screaming, ‘I got shot! I got shot! Somebody call my mom!’ Then people were coming out the building and they weren’t doing anything, and I was like, ‘Why are you guys just standing there? Call the cops! Call an ambulance!'”
By the time her parents got to the scene, Ashley had been taken to Long Island Jewish Medical Center.
“I had an angel guarding me,” Ashley said. “They said two inches away from my heart. I’m just so thankful to still be here.”
But angel or not, Ashley said she doesn’t want to go back to her school and is hoping to be homeschooled instead.
This was Ashley’s first year at the school. Her dad said they moved her from a school in nearby Hillcrest because they were worried about violence in that area.
NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said that an hour before the charter school shooting, three teens chased another teen onto and then off a city bus, firing several shots.
Cops arrested three teens Wednesday for the bus shooting. One of those teens ended up charged with the shooting at the charter school.
That teen, whose name was not released because of his age, is charged with attempted murder, assault, criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment.
Shea said the gunfire — as well as a stray bullet that fatally struck 14-year-old Aamir Griffin in the neck on Friday as he played basketball in a court outside the Baisley Park Houses in Jamaica — are linked to an ongoing gang feud in the area.
“There have been multiple incidents in this recent violence of shooting at individuals and hitting unintended targets,” Shea said.
Aamir, like Ashley, was an innocent bystander.
Ashley’s father, Ravie Armoogan, 49, said he will go to Aamir’s upcoming funeral and that he hopes to meet the boy’s parents.
“I’m very sad for his family because he didn’t deserve that,” Ashley said. “It’s just that kids just think these things are funny and it’s not. It’s not a game. It’s playing with peoples’ lives.”
Nobody has been charged in Aamir’s slaying but cops believe a 16-year-old boy was the intended target in both his shooting and the shooting that wounded Ashley.
Ashley’s suspected shooter has two prior arrests, according to police sources. On March 19, he was charged with robbery for allegedly punching out a teen, breaking his arm in two places, and stealing his sneakers and cellphone, less than a mile from where Ashley was shot.
Then, on July 8, cops say he was part of a crew of three armed with a silver handgun who robbed a 15-year-old and an 18-year-old of a bike, iPhone and AirPods, sources said. The crew lured the teens to a basketball court in Ozone Park.