Five arrests have been made in the case of Vada Vasquez, the 15-year-old who was shot in the head as she walked home from Bronx Latin School on Monday and remains in a coma. The suspected shooter is Carvette Gentile, 16. Other participants in the gunplay that led to Vasquez being struck were also arrested: Rohan Francis, 18, Cleve Smith, 20, Clivie Smith, 19 and Dwayne Taylor, 23.
Gentile was alleged aiming for one Tyrone Creighton, 19, who was in fact struck in the back; he is in stable condition. The casus belli, police say, was a beatdown administered to Gentile by someone related to Creighton at Rikers, where both were incarcerated. Vasquez was collateral damage.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on November 18, 2009