Boy Shot In Dispute Over Stolen Bicycle
A nine-year-old boy was hospitalized Saturday after having been shot in the arm during a dispute near Breukelen Houses over who might have stolen his bicycle. Late reports indicated the youngster, Ronnell Gurley, is in stable condition at Brookdale Hospital but it is possible that they may not be able to remove the bullet because there is a danger that other tendons and nerves could be damaged if they do.
Police said Ronnell was riding his bike around 5 p.m. last Thursday in front of 245 Stanley Avenue in Brownsville when a group of youths snatched it from him. The youths sped off heading south, the victim said.
Ronnell told his uncle, 25, whose name was not released, and the pair jumped in a car and went looking for the bike.
They spied the bike at about 9 p.m. in possession of a gang of teenagers in front of 927 Williams Avenue in the Breukelen complex and an argument broke out, during which one youth pulled out a gun and began shooting, striking Ronnell in the arm.
Four youths were arrested after the melee, including one 15-year-old. Although all are being charged as adults, the name of the youngest was not divulged.
He was charged with assault, criminal possession of a weapon, criminal use of a firearm, menacing and harassment.
The other three, Kimon Murray, 19, Shindell Miller, 16, and William Battle, 18, face various charges, including criminal possession of stolen property, petit larceny and false personalization, in that Battle gave police a different name when he was first arrested.