A man was arrested, charged and convicted of murder after shooting two young children who were playing basketball in a public school yard, prosecutors in New York said.
Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson announced that the 20-year-old man has been convicted of second-degree murder, first-degree assault and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon for the shooting of a 15-year-old boy and a 13-year-old boy in the schoolyard of Public School 119 in Flatlands.
“The defendant shot two innocent kids who were simply enjoying a beautiful Saturday evening. He has now been held accountable and will likely spend the better part of his own life
behind bars,” Thompson said.
The District Attorney identified the defendant as Vincent Adeyeye, 20, of Brooklyn. The defendant faces 25 years to life in prison on the top count.
According to the police investigation, around 7:00 p.m., at Public School 119, which is located at East 39th Street and Avenue K, in Flatlands, the defendant, who was 16 years old at the time and a member of the Bloods gang, fired numerous shots into a crowded schoolyard and struck two innocent bystanders.
The shooting was allegedly in retaliation for a shooting the night before. Dequan Mercurius, 15, who was playing basketball, suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the left side of his torso.
A 13-year-old boy, who had just purchased an ice cream from a Mr. Softee truck, was shot once in the behind and once in the foot, but survived.