NEW JERSEY — A New Jersey woman was convicted Tuesday of shooting a New Jersey elementary school in the neck and chest and then fatally stabbing a student who was standing near her, authorities said.
A jury convicted Jennifer Lefkowitz of second-degree murder and attempted first-degree manslaughter in the death of a 4-year-old girl at St. Patrick’s School in the town of St. George in January, said District Attorney Thomas Zugibe.
She was the third child of Lefky and his wife, who were the parents of a second child, authorities added.
The boy was sitting with his older sister in a chair when a boy wearing a white hoodie approached the boy and began yelling at him, Zugibu said.
The child ran to the teacher’s desk, which had a safety harness on it, Zogibe said.
Lefky said she fired one shot from a 9mm handgun at the boy, who was holding a pencil, Zegibe said in court.
He then ran away, Zugsibe said, and the boy ran toward the classroom, where another student was standing nearby, Zuge told reporters outside court.
A witness, a boy who witnessed the shooting, told police that the boy was lying face down in the seat and was not breathing, Zuciga said.
Zugibe said he was not sure what led to the boy’s death, and did not elaborate.
The St. Joseph County district attorney’s office could not immediately be reached for comment.
The boy’s family did not immediately respond to a message left for them.
The prosecution had said Lefkos’ attorney did not present evidence to back up the allegations against Lefkovitz.
She also did not have a lawyer present during the hearing, the prosecutor’s office said.
St. Joseph’s Schools said in a statement it was saddened by the news of the teen’s death.
The school district will be working closely with the St. Joe County Prosecutor’s Office to provide support and assistance to the family, St. Paul-based St. Louis Public Schools said.