According to reports, a massive gang takedown in Brooklyn, NYC, led to 19 receiving charges connected to at least six shootings, but likely over a dozen, in the Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights areas. Commissioner Dermot Shea characterized the gang's activity as "plaguing" the borough, while others have noted how the shootings are "terrorizing" the residents.
"This is an important case for the people of Brooklyn, making sure that we're holding accountable," said Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez. Prosecutors mentioned that many of the victims were rival gang members, but several victims were innocent bystanders struck by stray bullets. Authorities believe the recent wave of gun violence is centered on a territorial battle over control of housing projects in Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights.
"Shooting for the sake of showing dominance of one gang over another gang is endangering the lives of New Yorkers," Gonzalez continued. "We see children are being shot. We saw an innocent storekeeper almost lose their life."
The defendants face an array of charges, including: second-degree murder; second-degree attempted murder; first-, second- and fourth-degree conspiracy; first- and second-degree assault; first-degree attempted assault; first-degree reckless endangerment; and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
According to ABC7NY, "they face up to 25 years in prison on the top conspiracy charge, and the five defendants charged with murder face up to 25 years to life in prison."
Those charged in the case have been identified as:
--Jabari Albright, 17, of East Harlem, New York
--James Alston, 18, of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn
--Tysean Devonish, 23, of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn
--Jalen Elliot, 16, of Weeksville, Brooklyn
--Lamel Gunn, 20, of Brownsville, Brooklyn
--Nysair Harper, 17, of Far Rockaway, New York
--Kaireil Haynie, 18, of Stuyvesant Heights, Brooklyn
--Lamique Haynie, 20, of Stuyvesant Heights, Brooklyn
--Vincent Lilly, 18, of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn
--Naccion McCray, 19, of East New York, Brooklyn
--Zion McDuffie, 20, of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn
--Ronald Roberts, 19, of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn
--Wydeem Rudd, 21, of Bronx, New York
--Shawn Singletary, 19, of Stuyvesant Heights, Brooklyn
--Alexander Williams, 24, of Brownsville, Brooklyn
--Infinite Berry, 21, of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn
--Isaiah Johnson, 20, of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn
--Andre Starkey, 20, of East New York, Brooklyn
--Kareem Waters, 22, of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn