A teenager was arrested Monday and charged with the murder of Justin Streeter, a 14-year-old who was shot after he returned to his former East Harlem neighborhood last week to say goodbye.
The 17-year-old suspect was accompanied by his mother when he arrived at the New York City Police Department’s 25th Precinct to surrender Monday morning, the NYPD said.
The teenager has been charged with murder, attempted murder, two counts of assault and two counts of criminal use of a firearm in connection with last Tuesday’s shooting at East 128th Street and Park Avenue, according to police.
The NYPD did not release the suspect’s name because he is a minor. They did not share details about a possible motive for the shooting.
Streeter had just left an East Harlem deli with another teenager when he was fatally shot in the head just before 4:30 p.m. last Tuesday, police said at a news conference following the incident.
As they exited the deli, police said a volley of gunfire was fired at them. They tried to run away but both teenagers were hit. Streeter was taken to Harlem Hospital in critical condition and died from his injuries.
The other boy, 15, was hit by a bullet in the leg while running away, police said. A Good Samaritan helped him with his injuries, authorities said, and the boy was expected to recover.
The suspect fled the scene after the attack, police said.
A witness previously told police they knew Streeter and his family had moved to New Jersey in search of a better life, NBC New York reported.
“They had supposedly moved to New Jersey to start a new life and get out of the ghetto, and they came to say goodbye to loved ones and friends. And indeed it was the last goodbye,” said the witness, who asked not to be identified for fears for his safety.
After the shooting, allegedly Streeter’s father confirmed to the CBS subsidiary WCBS from New York that his family had moved to Plainfield, New Jersey, two years ago to keep his children away from all the violence in town.
Streeter was back in Harlem to visit his grandparents and spend time in his old neighborhood when he was killed, his father, Damon Streeter, told the news channel.
“I feel like I failed because the same thing I took him away from also took his life,” he said.
“I don’t know what to feel, but I know my son is doing better right now. And I want justice. Justice,” added Damon Streeter.
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/teen-suspect-surrenders-boy-14-fatally-shot-farewell-visit-old-nyc-nei-rcna39969 A teenage suspect emerges after a 14-year-old boy is fatally shot during a farewell visit to an old New York neighborhood