In the latest of gun crimes in New York, a teenage boy was arrested Monday and charged with murder in the shooting death of 14-year-old Justin Streeter in East Harlem last week.
The NYPD did not release the teen’s name because he is a minor, but did divulge that the teen lives in Manhattan. According to the police, the 17-year-old suspect turned himself into police custody on Monday morning and was accompanied by his mother and lawyer at the time.
Streeter was walking with a 15-year-old pal on East 128th Street when a gunman targeted them at about 4 p.m. last Tuesday. As the pair fled, a bullet struck Streeter in the head and his friend was hit in the leg and later taken to the hospital to be treated.
Justin Streeter was back in Harlem visiting his grandparents when he was killed. “So I feel I failed. I feel I failed because the same thing I got him away from is what took his life,” Damon Streeter, his father, said. Damon had earlier told CBS2 that he moved the family to a home in Plainfield, New Jersey, two years ago to get his kids away from all the violence in the city.
The boy who arrived in custody was charged with murder, attempted murder, two counts of assault, and two counts of criminal use of a firearm in connection to this shooting on East 128th Street and Park Avenue.