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Man charged with murder in Brownsville mass shooting

October 17, 2019 Meaghan McGoldrick
Police taped off the playground where one or more shooters shot twelve people — killing one — at a n annual block party in Brownsville. Eagle photo by Noah Goldberg

Police have arrested a suspect in connection with July’s mass shooting at a Brownsville block party that killed one man and injured 11 other people.

According to authorities, 20-year-old Brownsville resident Kyle Williams has been charged in connection to the shooting, which rocked an otherwise peaceful annual celebration near Hegeman Avenue and Sackman Street on July 27.

Earlier this month, authorities announced they were looking for two women depicted in a video from the Old Timers Day Festival, marking the first update police had given on the case since July 31, when they offered a $10,000 reward to anyone who could help them secure an arrest and indictment in the case.

The shooting resulted in the highest number of injuries of any New York City shooting in 2019, according to the Gun Violence Archives data, and led to promises of funding for local anti-gun violence groups, as well as to the Brownsville community. The incident also launched the Brownsville Rapid Response Coalition, which tackled the aftermath on the ground through community efforts.

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Williams — who lives less than a mile away from where the shooting took place — has been charged with murder in the second degree, criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, reckless endangerment in the second degree and attempted murder in the second degree, according to cops.

He is expected to be arraigned Thursday afternoon or evening, according to the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office.

Additional reporting by Noah Goldberg.


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