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KINGS PLAZA EVACUATED

Latest Violent Episode Sends Shoppers Running For Cover
By Linda Steinmuller


Photos by Lloyd Mitchell Photos by Lloyd Mitchell Panic mode set in Saturday night after shots were fired inside Kings Plaza Mall. There were no reported injuries, and two teens were taken into custody.

Police reports said gunshots rang out around 5:45 p.m. in the busy mall. Officers responding from the 63rd Precinct conducted a search and recovered a gun at the scene. Quentin Raymond, 16, believed to be the actual shooter, was arrested and charged with attempted assault, criminal use of a firearm, criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment.

His accomplice, Jeremy Denaud, 16, was charged with attempted assault, criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment. Both suspects reside in Brooklyn.

WABC News reported that the teens were involved in a dispute with other males near the Michael Kors store, located on the first floor of the mall.

Shoppers rushed to safety at the sound of gunfire, and the mall and parking garage were evacuated shortly thereafter.

The evacuation caused pandemonium outside the mall as shoppers flooded the streets and traffic backed up on Flatbush Avenue in both directions. The 63rd Precinct Emergency Services Unit and FDNY swarmed Flatbush Avenue and Avenue U while NYPD helicopters flew over the chaotic scene.

Police said a motive has not been determined, and an investigation is ongoing.

The 63rd Precinct tweeted, “Words can’t describe the superb job that #NYPD Officers performed w/ arrests @KingsPlazaMall including #63ANTICRIME @NYPDSpecialops @NYPDCT.”

This is not the first time Kings Plaza was in the spotlight after violent outbursts. On December 26, 2013, over 400 teens put the mall on “tilt” over a two-hour period in response to a social media blast. They smashed and stole items, brawled amongst themselves and attacked security guards (see “Rowdy Teens Go On Violent Rampage At Kings Plaza,” Canarsie Courier, January 2, 2014).

Another “incident” occurred on Presidents Day 2014 when over 100 rambunctious teenagers converged at the mall after an event called “Kings Plaza Maddness Part 1” was posted on Facebook. Delinquent teens ran wild through the shopping mall, frightening everyone in their path, causing storekeepers to shut down their shops (see “Out- Of-Control Teens Ransack Kings Plaza – Again,” Canarsie Courier, February 20, 2014).

Like clockwork, violence marred the holiday season again in 2014 when a rowdy group of teenagers got into a heated brawl the day after Christmas (see “Violence Decks The Halls At Kings Plaza,” Canarsie Courier, January 8, 2015). The fight started between two teenage girls and eventually erupted into a melee when dozens of teens joined in. Teens not involved in the fight captured the footage on cell phone video and posted it on YouTube.

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