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Shooter at Kings Plaza Shopping Center gets 9 Years for attempted murder

January 19, 2023 Rob Abruzzese
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A 20-year-old man from the Bronx was sentenced to nine years in prison on Jan. 10 for a shooting incident at the Kings Plaza Mall in Brooklyn that left two teenage boys injured.

Timothy Briggs had previously pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in November for the shooting that took place on Jan. 31, 2022, at approximately 2:30 P.M. inside the mall. He was sentenced to nine years plus five more years of post-release supervision by Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun.

Briggs will serve a three-and-a-half year sentence concurrently for second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

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“This defendant shot two teenagers and terrorized everyone around when he opened fire on a group in a crowded mall store,” said District Attorney Eric Gonzalez. “We have no tolerance for violence and this sentence sends a clear message that gun crime in Brooklyn will be met with serious consequences.”

According to the DA’s Office investigation, Briggs and two co-defendants got into an argument with a group of six teenage boys at Laced Up, a sneaker store inside of the mall. The defendant then pulled out a 40-caliber handgun and fired off “as many as” 10 shots. A 14-year-old was shot in the leg, and a 16-year-old was grazed in the leg. The shooting was captured on mall security cameras.

Briggs and the two co-defendants than ran from the mall and were apprehended by police three blocks away. Cops recovered two guns at the scene including the weapon used by Briggs.

The two co-defendants, 20-year-old Jaheim Covington and 19-year-old Omarion Harvey, have already pleaded not guilty in connection with Briggs’ crime and are awaiting trial.

The two victims were treated at the hospital and released.


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