Police ID man accused of carjacking, shooting postal worker in the Bronx
Police have identified Clarence Brooks as the man accused of carjacking a postal worker and shooting another in the Bronx.
Brooks, 27, is accused of attempting to steal a car from an off-duty United States postal worker and then shooting an on-duty mailman who got in his way.
The incident happened Tuesday afternoon at Carpenter Avenue and East 232nd Street, near the Wakefield post office, police say.
The injured worker was driving a mail truck when police say he witnessed Brooks force a colleague out of his car. He tried to intervene by pulling in front of the stolen car and blaring his horn, and police say the suspect shot through the windshield. The bullet grazed his arm.
Brooks allegedly crashed the first stolen car, jacked another and crashed that too. After the second accident, he couldn't exit the vehicle, police say, so he shot out a window. Responding officers heard the gunfire and took him into custody.
Stray bullets also peppered parked cars in the area, according to police, witnesses and the owners of those cars.
Police say Brooks was wearing a bullet-proof vest when they found him. He has prior charges of weapons possession and reckless endangerment. He was also on parole for robbery.
Brooks is facing attempted criminally negligent homicide and robbery charges. Police say he may also be an affiliate of the Bloods gang.