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24-Year-Old Attacks NYC High School With Fire Extinguisher, Sends 10 To Hospital

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A 24-year-old alumnus attacked his former high school in New York City on Friday with a fire extinguisher, overpowering 17 students and school safety agents and sending 10 to the hospital.

The unidentified man walked into the lobby of Liberty High School Academy for Newcomers around 1:30 p.m. Friday claiming he needed to speak with his old teachers. The school guard would not let him pass.

He became angry and grabbed a fire extinguisher from the wall. He started spraying everyone in sight and bounded upstairs. He made it to the fifth floor before being tackled and taken into custody.

Seventeen people, including three safety guards, were sickened by the fumes. Some suffered from asthma and couldn’t breathe after the attack.

Ten victims had to be hospitalized. All were later released.

Criminal charges against the 24-year-old were still pending Friday night.

He was taken to Bellevue Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation. Officials said he was previously diagnosed with schizophrenia, according to Newser.

Sources: Newser, New York Daily News