Andrew Lopez, 18, who runs in a gang called 8 Block, confessed that he fired shots from a Pitkin Avenue rooftop at a crowd that included children filing out of PS/IS 298 in Brownsville Friday afternoon, authorities said.
The gunfire was intended for the rival Young Guns, who Lopez claims started a fight by throwing bottles at a group that included his halfbrother, Jonathan Carrasquillo, moments earlier.
“He made statements that he fired his weapon from the rooftop,” Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said. “We believe that Andrew’s brother was involved in a fight on the street.”
Carrasquillo, 22, allegedly told his halfbrother to get his gun moments before Lopez fired the 9mm pistol, killing Zurana Horton, 34, and wounding Cheanne McKnight, 11, and a 31-year-old woman.
Lopez and Carrasquillo were charged with murder, assault and reckless endangerment. A third brother, 17-year-old Kristian Lopez, was charged with weapons possession.
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