Amid a wave of gun violence plaguing the Bronx, Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark and New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea announced several indictments following an investigation for crimes that occurred from May through July in the borough.
Thirteen people were indicted on charges related to the fatal shooting of two young adults — a 13-year-old and 16-year-old — as well as for carjackings, robberies, and the non-fatal shooting of two other men. The investigation report said two rival neighborhood groups, the 800 YGs and Thirdside, were involved in the shootings.
“This is yet another case illustrating the endless stream of guns in our city and their devastating impact on victims’ lives,” Shea said in a release announcing the indictments. “Each gun seized tells the story of kids and others gunned down in the street, of mothers and loved ones in mourning, and of neighborhoods traumatized.”
The defendants range in age from 16 to 21. They were arrested on various dates and were arraigned on the indictment. The charges include carjacking; second-degree criminal possession of a weapon; second-degree murder and manslaughter; and first-, second-, and third-degree robbery.
“We must do something to change the course of our young people who gravitate to gangs so that they do not wind up committing serious crimes,” Clark said. “We are experiencing an utter catastrophe in the Bronx.”
Updates on the indictments are available through the district attorney’s office at (718) 590-2234.