Two people — including a 17-year-old thug — have been arrested in the shooting death of a Bronx 4-year-old over the weekend.
Rondell Pinkerton, 17, admitted to police that he fired shots during a charity basketball tournament at the Forest Houses project in Morrisania on Sunday, one of which is suspected to have hit 4-year-old Lloyd Morgan, killing the boy.
Authorities say at least 13 rounds were fired from either side of the basketball court and adjacent playground during a brief shootout. One of the rounds hit Morgan in the head as he stood with his mother near the playground.
Another man, 26-year-old Courtney Kelly — who was wounded in the shootout — was arrested on weapons charges.
A 21-year-old man also was wounded in the shootout.
It’s unclear what led police to Pinkerton and Kelly. However, earlier
this week, Morgan’s mother, Shianne Norman, pleaded for someone to come
forward, telling reporters
“I know that somebody knows something. There’s no snitching when it’s a 4-year-old boy.”
The shooting has led to some unlikely new supporters of the city’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy.
“I know it’s not too politically correct, but I am saying that I am
fully, fully, totally supporting stop-and-frisk,” State Senator Ruben
Diaz Sr. said earlier this week.
Bronx Assemblyman Eric Stevenson also has apparently changed his tune about the controversial policy.
“After (Sunday) night, I’ve changed my mind,” Stevenson says. “I know that we should look at the stop-and-frisk, but
in a reformed way, with new criteria.”
Formal charges of murder and criminal possession of a weapon for
Pinkerton, and other weapons charges for Kelly, are expected to filed by
the Bronx District Attorney’s Office later today.