Police at the scene early this morning where the body of Michelle Marks, 23, was discovered. She was found by the bus stop in Brooklyn Bridge Park near the playground with a gun shot to the head. Police picked up former boyfriend Lamont Wright this afternoon for questioning. (Photos: Geoffrey Croft/NYC Park Advocates) Click on image to enlarge.
By Geoffrey Croft
The former boyfriend of Michelle Marks, the 23-year-old woman tragically gunned down in Brooklyn Bridge Park last night after work, was picked up by police this afternoon.
Lamont Wright, 53, was taken into custody this afternoon at his home in Brooklyn in connection to the shooting death of Ms. Marks of Crown Heights.
Wright has fifteen prior arrests, and three domestic violence reports for harassing Ms. Marks including one on June 5, the day before the shooting according to police sources.
The ex-boyfriend, a convicted sex offender, is expected to be charged in the shooting.
Police sources said that there had been 7 domestic-violence related calls involving Marks and her ex-boyfriend dating back to 2013.
Ms. Marks had just left her job at Fornino, the pizza cafe inside the park at Pier 6 and walked to the bus stop 50 yards from her work.
She missed the bus and was apparently confronted by Wright.
She was on the phone with her current boyfriend when he heard Ms. Marks say, “He is here and he has a gun. Call 911.”
The current boyfriend heard a man say, “I just want to talk,” then the phone went dead.
Officers arrived later to find Ms. Marks lying on the sidewalk by the bus stop near the playground.
She was found on Parks Department property inside the park.
Captain Sergio Centa of 84th Precinct sent an email to some residents with details of the incident.
"Last night at approximately 9:30 PM, a 23 year old female was shot and killed inside of Brooklyn Bridge Park near the Atlantic Avenue entrance adjacent to Pier 6. We believe this shooting was the result of an ongoing domestic dispute. The victim worked at a location inside of the park and she was confronted as she left work. We have no reason to believe that this incident was related to any of the issues we have had in the park this year such as overcrowding and/or unruly crowds. We will continue to increase our patrol coverage within the park using all available resources including the 25 Police Officers permanently assigned to the Park."
NYPD officers put up crime scene tape early this morning along Furman Street.
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