Another Cop Success: Suspect Nabbed In Shooting Near School
It was a good week for detectives from the 69th Precinct Detective Squad. Not only did they arrest a man last Thursday in the March 31 homicide at Breuk-elen Houses, but on Friday they were able to trace a suspect in the shooting of a 16-year-old student on East 101st Street near I.S. 211 on March 28. The names of the victim and alleged shooter were withheld.
Cops said the victim had been playing basketball with three other teenage friends in the courtyard of John Wilson Intermediate School 211 at about 9:30 p.m. when they decided to break up and go home. As they got to the gate of the courtyard, located midway between avenues J and K, a late model, gray Dodge Charger with four people inside pulled up adjacent to them. Three people got out of the car and confronted the boys. One of them asked, "Do any of you live in a private house on the block?" The boys indicated none of them lived there, but the suspect, 17, pointed to the young victim and said, "I recognize you from school!" He then pulled a black revolver from his belt, aimed the gun at the victim, and fired one shot, hitting the 16-year-old in the left shoulder.
The suspect and the other two people with him got back into the car and fled south on East 101st Street, leaving the boy on the ground.
The victim's friends and witnesses called 911 and Emergency Medical Service paramedics took the vic-tim to Brookdale Hospital, where he was pronounced in critical but stable condition.
After interviewing witnesses, detectives picked up the alleged shooter and brought him to the Foster Avenue station house, where he was arrested. Charges are pending further investigation. Detectives said the probable reason for the shooting was because of a long dispute between the alleged shooter and the victim.