Pictured is the Bronx teen charged with fatally shooting a 16-year-old outside her Bronx high school Friday, the latest in a string of shootings in the Big Apple.
Jeremiah Ryan, 17, was charged with murder, attempted murder and criminal possession of a weapon on Saturday by the NYPD in the killing of Angellyh Yambo, 16.
The teen was reportedly identified a tracked down to his Bronx apartment early Saturday by investigators who scoured hours of surveillance video from the scene.
When cops arrived at the suspect’s apartment, sources said, lawmen reportedly witnessed the teen throw a bag containing a ghost gun- a homemade firearm that can be built with parts bought online and lacks a serial number used to trace it – out his window.
He is expected to appear in court Sunday.
‘It was less than 24 hours ago that this Bronx neighborhood experienced a serious and tragic sense of loss of a young life. An act of violence by an emboldened individual that also wounded two young New Yorkers,’ Sewell said at a news conference at the borough’s 40th Precinct.
‘While Angellyh’s loved ones are devastated, we can pray that this arrest brings them some sense of solace,’ the commissioner said.
The child’s mother, Yamely Henriquez, 41, mourned the loss of only daughter Saturday, saying ‘My baby was an innocent bystander.’
Jeremiah Ryan, 17, had been charged with fatally shooting a 16-year-old outside her Bronx high school Friday,
Her ‘devastated’ family said Yambo was never one to be found on the streets and was a straight-A student (pictured in 2020)
‘She was walking home from school,’ Henriquez said. ‘She was a good student, a good girl. She wasn’t in the streets. Our kids aren’t even safe walking from a place where they get their education.’
The mourning mom added that the family had just celebrated Yambo’s 16th birthday days ago.
‘My baby was everything to me,’ she said of the killing. ‘I’m devastated, I’m broken. Half of me is gone,’ Henriquez, who also has two sons, said of the killing, which occurred when the teen was walking home from University Prep Charter High School Friday.
‘Where are they getting these guns?’ an anguished Henriquez, who also urged city officials to ‘stop this violence,’ lamented.
Yambo, a freshman who started high school in the fall, was slain a block from the Bronx high school, cops said Friday.
Two other teens aged 16 and 17, a girl and a boy, respectively, were also shot by the suspect, and are expected to survive, cops said. Both were walking in the vicinity of Yambo went the shots went off, cops said.
The male victim, who was shot in the leg, is the cousin of Channel 4 reporter Myles Miller, the journalist said on social media Saturday.
He was seen leaving Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx on crutches Saturday afternoon.
‘He’s in good spirits. He’ll be alright,’ a family member told the Post.
According to cops, Ryan, who was arrested at his home early Saturday, pulled out the weapon and started shooting after an argument with four other men roughly half-a-block from the crime scene.
When officers went to Ryan’s home around 12:30 am, the alleged shooter slammed the door on them, sources told The New York Post. He has since begun cooperating with police.
The teen was reportedly identified a tracked down to his Bronx apartment early Saturday by investigators who scoured hours of surveillance video from the scene
Six shell casings were reportedly recovered from the scene, cops said.
Homicide detectives seen leaving Ryan’s home Saturday reportedly left with four large bags of evidence, The Post reported.
During the arrest, patrol officers downstairs saw the suspect drop a bag out of his apartment window as cops arrived, sources told the paper.
The bag contained a gun, believed to be an untraceable Polymer80 ghost gun- a homemade firearm that can be built with parts bought online and lacks a serial number normally used to trace it, the Post reported.
Police previously said they had been investigating whether the shooting suspect, who has no criminal record, was using the so-called ‘ghost gun’
Police have yet to directly tie the gun to Yambo’s killing, The Post reported.
Sources Saturday told the paper that Ryan was not a gang member, but had fallen in with the wrong crowd.
Ryan’s grandfather, Ricardo Santiago, 70, told The Post his grandson was a “good kid” who was attending school. He said his daughter called to tell him he had been picked up by police.
‘I said ‘What the hell’ when she called,’ the grandfather said. ‘It was so sudden it’s unbelievable. I don’t think he did it. They just got him at the precinct trying to scare him. That’s how the police do things. I’m born and raised in the Bronx. I know.’
Henriquez, meanwhile, said Saturday that the arrest ‘won’t bring my baby back’ and urged city officials to ‘stop this violence’ amid an unprecedented crime wave that can be traced back to the start of the pandemic.
NYPD Dep. Chief Timothy McCormack said Saturday of the killing: ‘We have two families that are completely destroyed right now – our victim’s family and our shooter’s family.’
Yambo was walking at around 2 p.m. when she was struck in the chest with a wayward bullet, having evidently been caught in the crossfire of a conflict between Ryan and the other men, who have not yet been identified by police.
Yambo was subsequently rushed to Lincoln Medical Center after emergency personnel were seen performing chest compressions on her in the street as blood pooled around her. Yambo could not be saved and was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Angellyh Yambo, 16, (pictured in 2020) was walking home with two others around 2pm on Friday when she was struck in the chest with a bullet
Her devastated family told the New York Post that Yambo was never one to be found on the streets and was a straight-A student who enjoyed her school work.
‘She was a girl who went to school and came straight home. She was never in the street. She was one of the sweetest girls you’d ever meet,’ her aunt Margarita Yambo told the Post.
‘She was a beautiful soul. She was a straight-A student. She had her whole life in front of her.’
Another female, 16, and her male, 17, who have not been identified, were struck in the shin and buttocks, respectively, cops said. They are reportedly in stable condition.
Police believe the children were not the intended targets.
Elvia Henriquez, 36, the victim’s other aunt, said ‘loving and caring’ Yambo’s mother was ‘still in shock’ and ‘has not said much.’
‘She’s in very big disbelief at the moment,’ Henriquez told the New York Post.
Yambo’s childhood best friend, Hazel Cheeseboro, said: ‘Her mom was heartbroken. She is trying to hang in there, but she’s not feeling that great. I mean, she just lost her daughter, but she’s trying.
‘She didn’t deserve to be put down the way she was… I am heartbroken. She always looked at the bright side, never the bad side of anything. That was her,’ she told the newspaper.
The girl’s mother reportedly arrived on the scene after first responders were unable to resuscitate her daughter.
‘The mother was screaming hysterically. The police were holding her back,’ a superintendent of a nearby building told the New York Post.
‘I felt her pain in her scream. There is nothing stronger than a mother’s scream.’
Her aunt said the young ‘loving and caring’ girl was fond of making and was getting good at it (pictured in 2020)
Besides being a straight-A student, Yambo (pictured in 2019) reportedly was a shoulder to lean on, her friend said. And she enjoyed playing Call of Duty and Fortnite and listening to Beyoncé and Rihanna
Yambo (pictured with family in 2018) was a big sister to three brothers and her mother is reportedly in ‘disbelief’ over her daughter’s tragic passing. Her mother reportedly arrived on the scene after first responders were unable to resuscitate her and was seen screaming and being held back by police
Yambo’s three younger brothers are also reportedly ‘having a really hard time’ dealing with their sister’s death. Margarita described the girl as ‘a great big sister’ and added that her niece ‘loved makeup’ and was getting good at it.
Besides being a straight-A student, Yambo reportedly was a shoulder to lean on, her friend said. And she enjoyed playing Call of Duty and Fortnite, and listening to Beyoncé and Rihanna.
She had just started at University Prep High School as a ninth-grader and had told Cheeseboro only a week ago how she was excited about making new friends and getting a summer job, the New York Post reported.
The shooting occurred outside University Heights High School’s South Bronx Campus on East 156th Street and St. Ann’s Avenue.
Police told the New York Daily News that the gunman had been arguing with someone across the street, when he pulled out the weapon and opened fire.
None of the teens were the intended target.
Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell described the fatality victim as ‘a young woman with a bright future.’
Yambo (pictured on Friday) was shot and killed and two others were injured outside of the South Bronx High School as they walked home from school
Police are seen investigating the scene on Friday afternoon around 1.45pm
Police roped of the area where a 16-year-old girl was shot and killed outside of the South Bronx High School on Friday. Police were seen performing chest compressions on the girl as blood pooled around her
A man at the scene reacts as he sees the body of the 16-year-old girl
Authorities set up little cones on the scene. Two others – a male, 17, and female, 16 – were also injured in the buttock and shin, respectively and all three teens were rushed to the hospital
New York City Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell (middle) held a press conference outside the scene on Friday
Six shots were reportedly fired in a westbound direction from the suspect who was standing on the east side of the street.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams, 61, was notified and left the Yankees home opener game early after hearing about it, his press secretary said on Twitter.
Attorney General Letitia James, 63, to the horror on Twitter, writing: ‘This is devastating. Yet another shooting in our city, yet another young life taken too soon.
The incident is the latest in a string of shootings in the currently crime-ridden Big Apple
‘I’m sending my deepest condolences to the family of this young girl and I’m praying for the full recovery of the other two teenagers who were shot.’
The family is now calling for police in the streets, as they fear gun violence, which hs risen significantly in the city.
‘“I’m scared every single day to go outside because of this gun violence,’ Margarita told the New York Post. ‘Put more cops in the street, every corner. I don’t know. I don’t know. This isn’t something that should have happened
‘I hope they find these animals. Turn themselves in or I hope the cops get them and they serve a lifetime in jail.’
Henriquez agreed, stating: ‘Be mindful of what you’re doing during a dispute. Think before you do anything. People, innocent people are losing their lives over situations that are not worth it.’
The scene was rope off with caution tape as police investigate
Police are now looking for a man who drove away westbound and was last seen wearing a gray tracksuit and black vest
Police have said the teens were not the intended target of the shooting and that six shots were fired
A Bronx local Freddy Brown said it was ‘unbelievable,’ but he was wasn’t ‘surprised.’
‘No, it’s not a surprise, because you hear shots all the time in this area,’ the unidentified local said. ‘But it’s surprising to hear it’s three young kids in the area. You don’t hear about young teenagers getting shot in the area, but it happens all over now.’
Bronx worker Eddie Rosado also agreed with Brown’s statements saying: ‘It’s getting to the point now where it’s an every day thing. When I was a teenager, this stuff wasn’t going on this much, it’s crazy.’
Rosado said he was ‘definitely not’ surprised, but he felt safe ‘for the most part, because I grew up in the Bronx.’
‘It’s my environment, but when stuff happens like this so close, it’s a little rough, it’s hard,’ he said.
NYC crime is up almost 50 percent compared to last year and shooting victims have risen 14.5 percent.
‘We need more patrol in the area,’ Brown said. ‘I’m scared for my grandkids.’
The shooting happened on East 156th Street outside of the South Bronx High School (pictured)
The teens were taken to Lincoln Medical Center, where one girl, 16, succumbed to her injuries. The other girl was shot in the shin and the male was shot in the buttocks. They were reportedly not the intended targets of the drive-by shooting
New York AG called the tragedy ‘devastating’ and said ‘another young life [was] taken too soon’
Yambo’s killing was the latest in a string of shooting involving juvenile victims.
A 12-year-old died in Brooklyn earlier this week as he and his 20-year-old cousin Jenna Ellis and another female relative, 8, were sitting in a car eating Boston Market when a shooter shot several bullets into their car.
Kade Lewin was shot in the head and chest with multiple bullets after he and two relatives pulled over to eat their Boston Market food on East 56th Street and Linden Boulevard in East Flatbush at around 7:45 p.m. on Thursday. He was pronounced dead at the scene after the shooter fired 11 bullets into the Toyota Corolla.
His cousin Jenna Ellis, 20, who was sitting in the driver’s seat, was hit in the upper leg and right cheek. She was rushed to Kings County Hospital where she is expected to survive, but remains in critical condition. She had recently gotten her license and was driving Lewin’s mother’s car. Lewin and Ellis were reportedly very close and saw each other frequently.
The eight-year-old relative was left uninjured.
In another incident, a three-year-old girl who was struck while leaving her day care in Brownsville last month.