Police ID suspect in 5-year-old's shooting

Posted: Updated: Jun 06, 2017 07:00 AM
Police accuse the 27-year-old suspect, Michael Quiles, of shooting at least four bullets at another man and striking the child in the crossfire. Police accuse the 27-year-old suspect, Michael Quiles, of shooting at least four bullets at another man and striking the child in the crossfire.
MORRISANIA -

The NYPD has identified the man arrested Tuesday in connection with the shooting of a 5-year-old boy in Morrisania Monday.

The boy and his father were walking to a waiting car after his birthday celebration when a stray bullet struck him in the head, police say. Police accuse the 27-year-old suspect, Michael Quiles, of shooting at least four bullets at another man and striking the child in the crossfire. 

He's facing a charge of attempted murder in connection with the crime.

Chief Robert Boyce confirmed the 10 a.m. arrest in a tweet. He said officers took the man into custody near the scene of the shooting, which happened shortly after 5 p.m. Monday on Washington Avenue.

Surveillance video shows two men in an altercation leading up to the shooting. One of them, wearing a purple jacket, is alleged to be Quiles. Also in surveillance video is a car speeding off. Police say it's the victim's father rushing his son to a hospital.

Jaheen Hunter, the child, remains hospitalized in critical condition. Authorities say he was rushed to St. Barnabas Hospital by his family before being transferred to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital.

Elected officials say the boy's grandmother is well-known in her community and is distraught.

Police say Quiles has 10 prior arrests for charges including assault, criminal possession of a weapon and drug possession.

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