Thursday, August 7, 2008

2 Neighborhood Teenagers Surrender in Brooklyn Boy’s Shooting

By Christine Hauser

NY Times, 7/7/08

There were nearly a dozen spent bullet casings, a bicycle and an abandoned sneaker. There were also angry neighbors wanting to know who could have fired the shot that hit a 9-year-old boy in the head, and why.

The boy, Shamshawan Kelly, was hit in the head by crossfire on Monday night outside his building at the Weeksville Gardens Houses in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. By Wednesday, the search for suspects was over, and it ended with a surrender.

The police said that Luis Gonzalez, 18, who lives in the same building as Shamshawan, turned himself in on Tuesday afternoon accompanied by a lawyer, and that another suspect, Johnathan Frazier, 18, of nearby Bergen Street, went to the police with his mother that night.

They face charges of attempted murder, assault, and weapons possession, said Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly.

Mr. Kelly said that a third youth, Franklin Gillespie, 17, of Dean Street near Albany Avenue, was arrested on an unrelated robbery charge. While he did not fire any shots outside Shamshawan's building, he played a central role in the events that led to the gunfight, according to an account given to the police.

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