Two undercover cops shot and killed a teenage gunman on a Brooklyn street Saturday night after the 16-year-old pointed a loaded weapon at the officers, witnesses said.
Police in an unmarked car came upon a group of men during a patrol in the East Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn around 11:30 p.m. Saturday. Kimani Gray, 16, reportedly separated himself from the group as the officers got out to question him. Police say the teen adjusted his waistband in a "suspicious manner" and pulled out a .38-caliber revolver. He was shot in the stomach and the leg and later pronounced dead at Kings County Hospital Center.
Though Gray didn’t fire his six-shot weapon, it was reportedly loaded with four bullets.
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"After the anti-crime sergeant and police officer told the suspect to show his hands, which was heard by witnesses, Gray produced a revolver and pointed it at the officers, who fired a total of 11 rounds, striking Gray several times," Paul Browne, police spokesperson, told the New York Times
Gray's cousin, Malike Vernon, 17, told the Times the teen had been at a party in the neighborhood where he was shot Saturday night. Gray's sister, Mahnefah Gray, 19, said her brother was fixing his belt when police opened fire and that he would have never pointed a gun at officers, had he even had one.
"He had common sense," she told the Times.
Devonte Brown, 16, was one of Gray's friends who witnessed the shooting. As the cops opened fire, "he was screaming, 'Stop! I'm not running!'" Brown told the New York Post.
Gray had a prior arrest record, which included grand larceny charges and charges of inciting a riot, police said. Relatives told the Times that Gray was the youngest of seven children. The teen's older brother, Jamar, reportedly died in a car accident two years ago and his mother, Carol, suffers from heart problems.
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The shooting occurred just 10 hours after officers shot a man on Staten Island. Clinton James, 33, was shot after he allegedly reached for a weapon during a routine traffic stop, according to the Times. He was taken to Richmond University Medical Center and remains in stable condition.
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