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Shocking footage shows alleged Brooklyn gangbangers gleefully firing guns into the streets and reloading a weapon on a subway train.
The videos were released Tuesday by the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office as it announced a slew of charges against 21 alleged members of Folk Nation-affiliated gangs, including murder, conspiracy to commit murder, robbery and weapons possession.
“These defendants terrorized the streets of Brooklyn by opening fire on perceived rivals and recklessly firing their guns — including in broad daylight — endangering innocent bystanders,” said Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez.
The fresh charges against accused members of the Super Rich Kids/Street Rich Kartel and Newkirk gangs relate to the slaying of an innocent 15-year-old boy named Rohan Levy in Flatbush in 2017 and a number of other attacks on rival crew members in Brooklyn.
Those charged include Zidon Clarke, 20, who was previously busted for killing Levy, and Walter Porter, 41, and his sons Khaysean, 21, and Keemari, 19, who allegedly were found driving a car with pistols used in that shooting and several others.
In one clip released by prosecutors Tuesday, Travis Laroc, now 17, is allegedly seen grinning as he loads a magazine with bullets on a subway train in December 2016, prosecutors said. He is then allegedly seen on surveillance footage hours later opening fire on a rival in the middle of a crosswalk on a commercial strip in Crown Heights.
“This is people going about their holiday shopping,” Gonzalez said at a press conference.
“Imagine the fear you would have sitting on that train and seeing these young men loading guns.”
In another clip, a grinning Khalil Irving, now 18, is allegedly shown standing on a rooftop and firing a handgun into the air above other houses.
Yet another allegedly shows Keemari — also known as “Kush” and “Kush Blixky” — calmly opening fire from a doorway across a courtyard to other buildings.
The 65-count indictment also details alleged communication between the teens and men about shootings and other crimes — including the attack on Levy.
“Y’all don’t say nothing what happened today keep it to y’all self… And SRK… YALL Don’t KNOW S–T I REPEAT YALL Don’t Know S–T… It might be clipped… For me,” Laroc allegedly messaged other SRK members after the shooting.
NYPD Chief Terence Monahan on Monday accused Gonzalez of going too easy on gun-possession cases by allowing suspects to enter no-jail diversion programs.
But the DA said Tuesday that no one involved in the shootings would be eligible.
“Diversion, you know, is a very small slice of cases that we do. But to make it clear, no one who is involved in these kinds of acts of violence are eligible for diversion,” he said.
Shocking footage shows alleged gangbangers grinning as they recklessly fire guns into the streets and skies in Brooklyn.
21 alleged gang members arrested in Brooklyn murders, shootings
BROOKLYN, New York City (WABC) — Authorities in New York City announced on Tuesday that 21 alleged gang members have been charged in connection with two murders, three non-fatal shootings, and two acts of reckless endangerment involving the shooting of a firearm as well as a gunpoint robbery and other violence.
Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez and NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill held a press conference detailing the allegations, saying one of the murders involved a father and his two sons — who are now co-defendants — with evidence of the father coaching his sons on how to avoid arrest.
They also showed video of one defendant firing his gun out the back door of his house into the yard, apparently testing it in the middle of the day, and another firing his gun from a rooftop in the middle of the day.
The suspects were identified as:
–Rean Awong, aka Rezzy, 22, of Flatbush
–Lorenzo Bailey, aka Renzoo, 30, of Flatbush
–Shaquille Benjamin, aka Trini, 19, of East Flatbush
–Ameth Best, aka Rusty, 22, of East New York
–Devon Bratton, aka Supa Dave, 26, of East Flatbush
–Jabare Brim, aka Porter, 22, of Laurelton (unapprehend)
–Zidon Clarke, aka Bones, 20, of Flatbush
–Christopher Cooper, aka Sixo, 18, of Crown Heights
–Sherrod Craig, aka Rah Cash, 19, of Jamaica, Queens
–Gishanie Gray, aka Shanie, 18, of East New York
–Tarell Herbert, aka Skrell, 25, of East Midwood
–Khalil Irving, aka Kha, 18, of East Flatbush
–Travis Laroc, aka Trav, 17, of East Flatbush
–Omar Peters, aka Sasa, 24, of Flatlands
–Keemari Porter, aka Kush, 19, of East New York
–Khaysean Porter, aka Khay, 21, of Brownsville
–Walter Porter, aka Hit Man, 41, of Elizabeth
–Barrington Songue, aka Pudge Boom, 26, of Flatlands
–Dandre Stanford, aka Troopa, 20, of Cambria Heights
–Tahir Thomas, aka TeeJay, 18, of Canarsie
–Darren Wilson, aka Thirdd, 19, of Canarsie
“These defendants terrorized the streets of Brooklyn by opening fire on perceived rivals and recklessly firing their guns, including in broad daylight, endangering innocent bystanders,” Gonzalez said. “In one instance, an innocent 15-year-old boy was killed when he was mistaken for a rival gang member.”
Gonzalez said that 19 of the defendants were arraigned before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Martin Murphy last week on a 65-count indictment in which they are variously charged with second-degree murder, second-degree attempted murder, first-, second-, third- and fourth-degree conspiracy, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree criminal use of a weapon, first-degree reckless endangerment and related charges.
They face various penalties, depending on their age and the charges, ranging from probation to 25 years to life in prison.
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“This group posed a significant threat to the members of our community and were known to be involved in serious criminal activity including attempted murder, illegal guns and robberies,” O’Neill said. “The outcome of this investigation is testament to the dedicated investigators of our department and its law enforcement partners.”
According to the indictment, over the course of the conspiracy, which ran from July 21, 2016 to June 27, 2019, the defendants variously allegedly agreed to commit crimes, including murder, assault, weapons possession and various other crimes to establish and maintain their dominance, according to the indictment, and feuded with rival gangs from East Flatbush and Flatbush, as well as Canarsie.
Furthermore, it is alleged that it was part of the conspiracies for gang members to engage in armed attacks against rival gang members, running reconnaissance missions in vehicles, and shooting individuals they suspected of being rival gang members, especially in Canarsie, an act commonly referred to by the defendants as “spinning the Floss.”
On at least two occasions, these armed hunting expeditions resulted in death.
Among the acts of violence charged in the indictment are the following:
–On December 27, 2016, on Utica Avenue, in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, defendant Khaysean Porter, acting in concert with others, allegedly shot and injured an alleged rival gang member.
–On December 28, 2016, in the vicinity of President Street and Utica Avenue, in Crown Heights, defendant Travis Laroc, acting in concert with others, allegedly shot and injured a rival gang member.
–On February 5, 2017, it is alleged, defendant Khaysean Porter, 21, acting in concert with Travis Laroc, Tahir Thomas and others, shot and killed Darren Harrison, 22, an alleged rival and injured a second alleged rival in the vicinity of East 84th Street in Canarsie.
–On February 20, 2017, it is alleged, defendant Zidon Clarke acting in concert with others, shot and killed Rohan Levy, an innocent 15-year-old, who he mistakenly believed was a rival. A second person was shot and injured in that incident, which occurred on East 55th Street in the vicinity of East Flatbush.
–On February 24, 2017, Walter Porter and his sons, Khaysean Porter and Keemari Porter, were in a vehicle that was stopped by police in the vicinity of Pennsylvania Avenue, in East New York. Police recovered dismantled pieces of two separate pistols inside the vehicle, a .40 caliber pistol and a .38 caliber pistol that were used in the four shootings detailed above.
Authorities announced that 21 alleged gang members have been charged in connection with two murders, three non-fatal shootings, and two acts of reckless endangerment involving the shooting of a firearm as well as a gunpoint robbery and other violence.