Sections

Shots fired at Kings Plaza spark fear, evacuation, manhunt

On guard: Police evacuated Kings Plaza on July 8 after two teens fired a gun inside the mall.
Brooklyn Daily
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Don’t miss our updates:

Cops cuffed two Brooklyn teens who allegedly fired a gun inside Kings Plaza on Saturday evening — initially sparking fears of an active shooter inside the Mill Basin shopping center and setting off an urgent manhunt on the ground and from the air.

Police responded to reports of shots fired near the Michael Kors store inside the Flatbush Avenue and Avenue U mall at about 5:50 pm on July 8, where a 16-year-old suspect from Bed-Stuy had allegedly fired a bullet at a fellow teen who may have robbed him at some point, according to authorities. But the bullet missed the intended target and instead lodged inside a display case at Malsons Jewelers, where police later found it, officials said.

The teen then handed over the weapon to his accomplice — a 16-year-old from Flatbush — and they both fled, leading police to evacuate the mall, close nearby streets, and launch a nearly two-hour search aided by a helicopter, according to authorities.

Officers ultimately found the teen who allegedly fired the gun at 6:16 pm on E. 55th Street near Avenue O, and later found his buddy — with a loaded pistol inside his pants — on Fillmore Avenue between E. 54th and E. 55th streets at about 7:25 pm, officials said.

The investigation is ongoing, and there were no injuries reported, according to authorities. Both suspects were arraigned on July 9, according to District Attorney Eric Gonzalez’s office.

The mall has seen other violent incidents. A few years ago the day after Christmastwo years in a row — teens broke out into a brawl.

A spokesman for Kings Plaza did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Don’t miss our updates:


Reasonable discourse

Comments closed.

First name
Last name
Your neighborhood
Email address
Daytime phone

Your letter must be signed and include all of the information requested above. (Only your name and neighborhood are published with the letter.) Letters should be as brief as possible; while they may discuss any topic of interest to our readers, priority will be given to letters that relate to stories covered by The Brooklyn Paper.

Letters will be edited at the sole discretion of the editor, may be published in whole or part in any media, and upon publication become the property of The Brooklyn Paper. The earlier in the week you send your letter, the better.

Hey there, Brooklyn Daily reader!

Yes, you’re in the right place — Brooklyn Paper is the new online home of BrooklynDaily.com.

So bookmark this page, and remember check it throughout the day for the latest stories from your neighborhood — and across this great borough of ours.