Police arrested a man for allegedly shooting an 11-year-old boy and a 31-year-old man in Crown Heights on June 20, according to authorities.
Cops charged 27-year-old Angel Eaddy on June 21 with two counts of attempted murder, four counts of assault, two counts of reckless endangerment, and two counts of criminal possession of a firearm, according to police reports.
The victims were standing in front of a supermarket between St. Johns and Lincoln places when the shooter opened fire at around 7 p.m. on June 20, missing his intended target, and striking the boy near his shoulder, while the man suffered a wound to his left knee, authorities claim.
“[The shooter] shot multiple rounds towards an intended target which wasn’t hit,” said Deputy Chief Michael Kemper, who oversees precincts in northern Brooklyn, at a press conference Thursday night.
Paramedics transported the boy to Kings County Hospital Center in critical condition for surgery, according to police, who said his condition has stabilized.
The 31-year-old victim, who also went to Kings County Hospital, is stable, according to authorities. Both victims are expected to live, police say.
Brooklyn residents and city officials expressed an outpouring of grief and well wishes for the recovery of the young shooting victim on social media, a fifth grader at New Bridges Elementary School, who was scheduled to graduate on Friday, according to Pix 11 News.
“We are praying for an 11-year-old boy in critical condition after a shooting in Brooklyn earlier tonight,” tweeted Mayor Bill de Blasio.
“Thanks to everyone in our Crown Heights community who came out to the scene last night to show support for our 11-year-old neighbor, who was victimized by senseless gun violence,” said Borough President Eric Adams. “We pray for the speediest of recoveries.”
There have been 123 shootings reported in Brooklyn since the beginning of the year, according to police statistics, 89 of which have occurred in North Brooklyn, which is a 34.8 percent increase from the number of shootings in all of 2018.