An 18-year-old man was fatally shot in the head and another teenager was wounded during a broad daylight shooting that occurred soon after school dismissal at a busy East New York intersection yesterday.
Neither of the victims' identities have been released by authorities. The NYPD confirmed that three suspects were in custody on Thursday morning, and that a weapon was recovered from the scene.
Officers responded to the corner of Livonia Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue at 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday. The intersection, which runs under elevated train tracks, is crowded with restaurants and convenience stores and abuts the campus of Achievement First East New York, a charter elementary school.
On the scene, police discovered an 18-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his head, and a 17-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his right arm. Both victims were transported to Brookdale Hospital, where the older teen was placed on life support and later died. The 17-year-old was listed in stable condition.
Friends gathered at the hospital told the NY Times that the 18-year-old had recently graduated from the High School for Civil Rights, part of Thomas Jefferson Educational Campus a block north of where the shooting took place.
Surveillance video obtained by the paper shows a group of teenagers standing on the sidewalk on Pennsylvania near Livonia before shots ring out. The teen who was shot in the shoulder is seen stumbling into a nearby convenience store.
"I heard one shot, I turned around and everybody just dispersed. Then I saw the boy lying down," Alexus Lapomarede, a sophomore at Jefferson, told the News. "I was kind of in shock and my friend was pulling me to run back to the school."
The tabloid identified the victims as Darnell Wilkerson, 18, and John Trinidad, 17.
"They're good friends," a friend of the victims and recent Jefferson graduate said. "They were always sticking together."