Corey Dunton, the 16-year-old accused of firing upon skaters at Bryant Park on Saturday night, was charged with attempted murder, assault, reckless endangerment and weapons possession after the police finally spoke to him, following a standoff that started when he locked himself in his room. While inside, he had updated his Facebook status with, "FEDS AT MY DOOR IM GOING OUT WITH A BANG!!!!!!! TAKE MY SOUL"
It's now believed that Dunton was aiming at 20-year-old Javier Contreras, who was wearing a Marmot Mammoth coat. From the Post:
Dunton had tried to mug Javier Contreras, 20, of Manhattan right on the Midtown rink’s ice, demanding the man’s Marmot Mammoth parka, known on the streets as a “Biggie,” sources said...
But Contreras refused to hand over his $680 yellow-and-green jacket, prompting Dunton to storm off the ice, sources said. Dunton took off his skates and then went back to the rink’s railing and demanded Contreras’ jacket again, the source said. The pair didn’t know each other, sources said.
But Contreras still refused to give in. When he skated around again in front of Dunton, the suspect fired three shots with a .22-caliber handgun, hitting Contreras in the hand and hip, a source said.
An innocent bystander, Adonis Mera, 14, was also shot in the back; it's unclear whether he'll be able to walk again.
The Marmot coat has been the object of envy and violence before. Malik Jenkins died in 2010 when he was struck by a car fleeing a trio who tried to steal his coat in the Bronx. And, earlier this year, Raphael Ward was killed for his coat at the corner of Rivington and Columbia on the Lower East Side.
The Post says, "Marmot Mountain LLC discontinued the product — according to a worker at Paragon Sports near Union Square, which once sold the goose-down-filled coat with detachable hood for $680 — after word of the deadly violence got back to the manufacturer...Store employees noted that some bought the coat for its big pockets — to stash guns and drugs in." When the coat was discontinued, the Daily News reports, "The rest of the coats in stock went on clearance for $200, and sold out a few weeks ago, [a Paragon Sports] rep said."
It's suspected that Dunton is a member of the Bloods.