Police arrested two young men on Monday afternoon after a chaotic shooting and attempted carjacking was reported in the St. Mark’s Area just before 4:30 p.m. Police were called to the scene by witnesses whose quick relay of information led to the successful arrest of the alleged suspects.
Police found a man in his early twenties suffering from a non-fatal gunshot wound on Whitten Street that had been sustained on nearby Centre Street. Neighbors told police that the suspects in the shooting fled from the scene on a white motor scooter, which crashed into another vehicle near Gibson and Sturtevant streets. Police say that the suspects then tried to carjack a vehicle, but were soon spotted by police who apprehended the men— ages 19 and 17—after a “lengthy foot pursuit.”
Police say that two handguns were also recovered from the scene.
“I can’t say enough about the outstanding cooperation between community members and my officers that led to the swift arrests of the suspects wanted in connection to this incident,” said Commissioner William Evans in a statement.
“There’s no doubt that community cooperation coupled with my officers’ quick response made all the difference in the apprehension of two individuals who through their brazen behavior showed a complete and utter disregard for the safety of all who happened to be in the area at the time of the shooting.”