2005-10-06 / Front Page


By Charles Rogers

Police have arrested two men in connection with a shooting during a melee after a barbecue on East 58th Street near Flatlands Avenue in which one man was killed and two others wounded last August 28.

Troy Williams, 30, and his brother Junior, 27, were arrested last Friday by police from the 63rd Precinct and the NYPD’s major case squad. They were accused of taking part in a shooting that took place during a brawl in front of 1024 East 58th Street, between Flatlands Avenue and Avenue J, at about 1:30 a.m. when, according to police, a “large group of people” apparently tried to crash a barbeque party behind one of the new houses along that street. A Crown Heights resident, Jermaine Gibbs, 25, of Lincoln Place was shot in the chest and two men, both 18 years old, were wounded and taken to neighborhood hospitals by EMS ambulance. One man was shot in the chest and the other in the arm. Meanwhile, Gibbs was taken to Brookdale Hospital and was pronounced dead there.

“When they tried to crash the party” said NYPD spokesman Police Officer Tim Brown, “a big melee took place and branched out to the street.” Police said the crowd of brawlers seemed to reach close to 100, according to witnesses.

Further reports indicated that Troy Williams jumped into his car, drove a short distance, stopped the car and then jumped out, firing two guns in the direction of the crowd.

Meanwhile, Troy’s brother Junior, allegedly stabbed at least one other man during the brawl.

Jonah Bruno, a spokesman for Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes, said both brothers were to be arraigned this week. Troy Williams is to be charged with murder in the second degree and Junior Williams will be charged with attempted murder and assault. Both are being charged with criminal possession of a weapon. Bruno said no bail was set for Troy Williams and a bail of $100, 000 was set for Junior Williams.

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