DA: 18-year-old charged with attempted murder in shooting of 5-year-old girl in East New York
The Brooklyn district attorney announced that an 18-year-old Brooklyn man was indicted for allegedly shooting a 5-year-old girl in the head in East New York.
Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez says an investigation found that Omar Gelin, of East New York, opened fire at least six times at a man near Dumont and Montauk avenues on April 5 around 5:45 p.m.
He says the bullets seemed to have missed the intended target and struck a 5-year-old girl as she played with her siblings on the sidewalk.
The girl was treated for a graze wound to the right side of her head at Brookdale Hospital.
The NYPD says it recovered video surveillance footage that shows Gelin getting out of a car, removing a gun from the trunk and firing multiple rounds at a man.
They say video also shows Gelin place a gun back inside the trunk and drive away.
Gelin was arrested by police in South Carolina on April 28.
He was arraigned Tuesday and charged with attempted murder, attempted assault, criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment.
Gelin was released on $100,000 bail and was ordered back in court on July 27. If convicted, he could face up to 25 years in prison.
Gonzalez says, “We will never tolerate such reckless gun violence in Brooklyn that far too often jeopardizes the lives of innocent bystanders and will now work to bring this defendant to justice.”