2017-08-10 / Other News

Gang Member Convicted In Teen Shooting

By Linda Steinmuller


Kareem Potomont 
Photo courtesy of Brooklyn DistrictAttorney’s office Kareem Potomont Photo courtesy of Brooklyn DistrictAttorney’s office A Flatbush man faces up to 40 years in prison for shooting an innocent teenager in the eye after a stray bullet missed his intended target.

Kareem Potomont, 24, a Bloods gang member, was convicted of assault for shooting Gama Droiville in his right eye on April 14, 2014 (see “Gang Member On Trial For Blinding Teen,” Canarsie Courier, July 27, 2017)

Droiville, then 13, was in the vicinity of Flatbush Avenue and Beverley Road with his aunt and cousin when the gunman opened fire on a rival gang member, Eduardo Dolphy, 24, striking him in the leg.

A stray bullet hit Droiville, an innocent bystander who was waiting for a bus with family members, striking him in the right eye and blinding him.

The teen, who was attending I.S. 285 Meyer Levin in East Flatbush at the time, had multiple surgeries and eventually had a prosthetic eye implanted to restore his vision.

Acting District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced the conviction last Friday and released the following statement: “This defendant, who opened fire on a busy street in broad daylight, forever changed the life of an innocent boy who lost an eye. It’s truly a miracle that he survived. The defendant will now spend many years in prison to pay for his abhorrent actions.”

Potomont fled the scene but was captured on videotape firing multiple shots. He was located three days later, hiding in the basement of a Jamaica, Queens home, and arrested.

Potomont was convicted of firstdegree assault, first-degree attempted assault, first-degree reckless endangerment and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon following a jury trial in Brooklyn Supreme Court.

Attempted murder charges were dropped.

Potomont’s attorney failed to prove the defendant was acting in selfdefense and under extreme emotional distress during the shooting.

Sentencing is scheduled for September 22nd.

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