Alleged gunman faces 25 to life for PLG murder: DA


An alleged teenage gunman faces 25 years to life behind bars for fatally shooting a man inside a Prospect Lefferts-Gardens bodega last October, according to authorities. 

The 18-year-old suspect allegedly hunted down 41-year-old Duane Smith following a heated argument between Smith and a friend of the suspect on Oct. 10, finding him at KHF Supermarket on Flatbush Avenue near Parkside Avenue shortly before 10 pm that evening, according to District Attorney Eric Gonzalez’s office. 

Surveillance video then shows the accused gunman firing multiple shots into the store from the sidewalk outside, striking Smith — a father of six children — several times in the torso, investigators said. 

First responders rushed Smith to Kings County Hospital, where he died, according to authorities.

An eye witness identified the suspect, and police arrested the teen two weeks after the incident — slapping him with one count of second-degree murder and two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, according to the DA’s office.

The suspect was arraigned on Dec. 6 before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Vincent Del Giudice, and he was ordered held without bail. He is set to return to court on Feb. 20, according to prosecutors.