Suspect charged in Homecrest double shooting outside hookah lounge

Cops at the scene of the Dec. 19 shooting.
Lloyd Mitchell

Cops cuffed a 19-year-old man Friday in connection with a double shooting that occurred outside a hookah lounge in Homecrest last December.

The male and female victims, both 19, were shot in the torso as they sat in a vehicle near 2430 Coney Island Ave. at about 12:15 a.m. on Dec. 19.

EMS transported both victims to NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn, where they were treated and released.

Investigating officers said that on the night of the shooting, the victims were inside Enigma Restaurant & Lounge when they were approached by two men.

An altercation ensued between both groups, turning physical as they left the lounge, police said.

As the victims sat in their vehicle outside the venue, a gunman walked up and fired multiple shots, striking them both in the chest. A third individual in the vehicle, a 23-year-old man behind the wheel, managed to avoid injury.

On June 2, officers from the 61st precinct arrested and charged 19-year-old Christian Lewis in connection with the non-fatal shooting.

He faces charges of attempted murder, criminal possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment, and two counts of assault.

The investigation remains ongoing as cops seek to identify a second suspect.

As of June 4, there have been three reported shooting incidents in the 61st Precinct year-to-date, on par with the same period last year, according to the latest police department data.