Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Two Men Arrested, Charged With Shooting Of Brooklyn Boy

Police arrested and charged two men Monday with a recent shooting that wounded a Brooklyn toddler as he played in a sprinkler outside his Bedford-Stuyvesant home, and authorities are looking to speak with one other person of interest.

Investigators say Antonio McCloud, 22, seen above left, and Stanley Williams, 20, seen above middle, are facing attempted murder, assault, weapons possession and reckless endangerment charges.

Published reports say Williams has 11 prior arrests, including weapon and drug possession.

Police are also looking for another person of interest in the case, 20-year-old Jashid Chambers, 20, seen above right.

Chambers is 5-feet-7-inches tall and 170 pounds.

Investigators say three-year-old Isaiah Rivera was playing in the sprinkler outside 383 Pulaski Street at the Roosevelt Houses with his mother when shots rang out.

Sources say the gunfire was directed toward a group playing dice just outside the sprinkler area by another group from a rival housing complex.

A witness says there was more than one shooter and were aiming at an unarmed target who ran off.

The three-year-old was grazed in the leg.

"After the gunfire, everyone ran into the lobby. My next door neighbor had my son crouched down on the floor. He actually took it pretty well. He wasn't crying at all. He's a trooper. I have faith in God, everything is going to turn out well," said the boy's father, Jose Rivera.

"I'm upset these guys would open up when there is a bunch of kids inside a playground just trying to get away from the summer heat and they get shot at. This is ridiculous," said community activist Tony Herbert.

The wounded boy was taken to Kings County Hospital, where sources say Mayor Michael Bloomberg met with the victim's family.

Sunday's shooting capped off an unusually violent weekend around the city.

Eleven people were killed since early Friday and dozens more were injured.

A community rally to address gun violence in the wake of the Bedford-Stuyvesant shooting is planned for 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Anyone with information about the case is being asked to contact Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-577-TIPS, by texting TIP577 to CRIMES, or by going toNYPDCrimeStoppers.com.

By: Michael Herzenberg

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