Police arrested Rondell Pinkerton, 17, in connection with the shooting death of 4-year-old Lloyd Morgan in a playground in NYCHA's Forest Houses. Ironically, the incident occurred at a charity basketball tournament to raise money in the name of a girl who had been stabbed to death in Forest Houses last year. Pinkerton was charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon. (Photo: Seth Gottfried)
Police arrested two men for the Bronx shooting that claimed the life of a 4-year-old, authorities said, according to the NewYork Post.
Rondell Pinkerton, 17, was charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon.
The teen is believed to have fired the shot that killed Lloyd Morgan, who was playing at a nearby playground, police said.
Pinkerton, who goes by the nickname "Spider," admitted to firing a weapon during the basketball game melee, but said he did so in self defense, police said.
Courtney Kelly, 26, who was shot during the violence, was also arrested and charged with criminal possession of a weapon, police said. Kelly is recovering from his gunshot wound at Lincoln Hospital.
The gunfire erupted on Sunday night at the Forest Houses during a basketball game organized to honor Kelly’s slain sister Troynisha Harris, cops said.
Morgan was hit in the head by a stray bullet and died at Lincoln Hospital.
A 21-year-old was also shot during the shootout, he is stable condition.
Pinkerton was arrested last year for marijuana possession, cops said. Kelly has five prior arrests, two of which are sealed, for assault and robbery, cops said.
Yesterday, police said they were questioning “several other people” in the shooting.
Cops had taken down crime-scene tape blocking off the shooting scene on Monday afternoon, allowing the public to walk around in it and a press conference to be held there.
But more than 18 hours later, at 10:30 a.m. yesterday, they returned to the scene, taped off the area again, and began closely searching the area for evidence with metal detectors, rakes and other tools.
Crime-scene cops soon found three previously undiscovered pieces of ballistics evidence, including a shell casing that was lying on the ground about 40 feet from where Lloyd was shot, sources said.
Forest Houses residents said they believe that some of the gunmen came from the nearby McKinley Houses, where thugs have been engaged in a rivalry with punks from the Forest Houses.
Family friend Melody Nelson, who helped set up a memorial outside Lloyd’s family’s home, said the arrest was “great news.”
“Of course, they’re all 17,” Nelson said.
“That’s what they do, they shoot.”
Pointing to Lloyd’s shrine, she said, “He’s not the only kid.
“There’s going to be a million more.”
Additional reporting by Julia Marsh, Dan Mangan and Laurel Babcock