Alleged gunman arrested in Brownsville mass shooting

Police made their first arrest in the wake of a mass shooting that left one dead and 11 injured in Brownsville.
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Police arrested an alleged gunman behind the July shooting in Brownsville that left one dead and 11 wounded.

Kyle Williams — along with another shooter who remains on the lam — allegedly fired 15 shots into a crowd at the annual ‘Old Timers Day’ block party at Hegeman and Christopher avenues on July 27.

A dozen partygoers were struck in the crossfire, including 38-year-old Jason Pagan, who later died at Brookdale Hospital, cops said.

Along with Williams’ arrest, Police recovered a nine-millimeter handgun that Williams allegedly used in the shooting.

“That nine-millimeter firearm is responsible for the death of Jason Pagan,” said Police Department Deputy Chief Michael Kemper.

The still-at-large shooter is said to have used the 20-caliber semiautomatic rifle that police picked up a week after the shooting, according to Kemper, who said authorities were still working on determining a motive behind the shooting.

“We do have a person of interest for firing that firearm,” he said. “We are working with our partners at the Kings County [District Attorney’s] Office to establish probable cause on that second shooter.”

The nearly-three month old case was cracked wide open when tipsters provided police with the identities of two females who were captured in surveillance video from the scene. Authorities questioned those two women, who were key in leading the police to the arrest, according to Kemper.

“We asked the community for help identifying two females that were captured in that video,” he said. “And guess what? Tips started coming in, the detectives readied these tips and they were successful in identifying both females.”

Cops arrested Williams on Oct. 16 and slapped him with four felonies — second degree murder, second-degree criminal possession, reckless endangerment, and attempted murder, according to authorities.

Investigators are still searching for the second shooter, cops said.

Anyone who provides police with information leading to an arrest can expect up to a $2,500 reward through the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers program. The public can phone their tips to (800) 577-8477, log into the Crime Stoppers website at www.nypd crime stoppers.com, tweet @NYPDTips, or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

All calls are strictly confidential.

Reach reporter Jessica Parks at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at jparks@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @_JessicaParks.

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