A student used a loaded gun to strike a classmate inside Progress HS for Professional Careers in Brooklyn — just hours before two other students were shot in a gang-related fight, The Post has learned.
News of the hallway assault shocked and angered staffers in the Grand Street Campus, a building that houses three Williamsburg high schools, because many were not informed about the incident at the time, sources say.
“Why weren’t we told? We want to be on the alert. We want to have a heads up,” an insider said.
Some blamed Progress Principal William Jusino, who lobbied hard to have metal detectors removed from the building in 1996.
In the school last Tuesday at about 1:30 p.m., a 17-year-old boy was walking to class when Traevon Stokes, 18, pulled the loaded pistol from his pants and struck him in the head, cops said.
A school safety agent spotted the attack and seized the gun. Stokes was arrested and charged with assault and criminal weapon possession. The victim was treated at the scene.
At about 2:50 p.m., shortly after dismissal, shots rang out less than a block away. A 17-year-old boy was shot in the arm and a 14-year-old girl was struck in the leg. The boy was the intended target, police said.
The shooter jumped on a bus and fled. Cops later found a .25 caliber handgun believed to have been used in the shooting, but have not yet made any arrests.
The shooting was apparently gang-related, cops said. Whether the shooting and earlier gun attack are related is under investigation.
The NYPD has since stationed mobile metal detectors at the school.
Jusino did not return a call or e-mail, but told The Post in 2011 that he opposed permanent scanners.
“We greet students at the door with respect,” he said.