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Three men are facing decades in prison after their indictment in connection to an alleged fatal drive-by shooting in Canarsie.

A 21-year-old from Flatbush was charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon, an 18-year-old from Canarsie was charged with murder, criminal possession of a weapon, and reckless endangerment, and another 21-year-old from Flatbush was charged with criminal possession of a weapon on June 1, according to the district attorney’s office.

“Brazen acts of gun violence like the one committed in this case often lead to avoidable deaths and put innocent bystanders in danger,” said District Attorney Eric Gonzalez. “To keep our communities safe, we will remain focused on bringing gang members, who are driving much of the violence in Brooklyn, to justice.”

Prosecutors said that on May 9, the three men were allegedly in a blue BMW near E. 89th Street and Avenue L in Canarsie when they opened fire at the victim through the back window. There is video footage of the shooting, and the men are allegedly members of the Folk Nation gang, according to prosecutors.

The bullets struck 21-year-old Julian Edwards. He was rushed to Brookdale Hospital, but he died the next day, according to the district attorney’s office.

The men allegedly drove off after the shooting and were chased by police before crashing into a parked car, where they were ultimately arrested, according to prosecutors. Police did not find the murder weapon, but found another gun in the car, the district attorney’s office said.

The three men are due back in court on Sept. 28. The two men charged with murder face up to 25-years-to-life in prison, while the man charged only with criminal possession of a weapon faces up to 15 years in prison, according to the office.

Reach reporter Adam Lucente at alucente@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow him on Twitter @Adam_Lucente.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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