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More than a dozen charged in massive Brooklyn gang takedown

January 6, 2021 | 3:20pm | Updated

Video shows one of the murders connected to the Brooklyn gang bust

Prosecutors have charged 19 alleged Brooklyn gang members in connection with “senseless” shootings and “execution-style” homicides — that earned the shooters NBA nicknames, including “Shaq” and “Curry,” authorities said Wednesday.

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said the alleged “900 Gang” members, some of whom were just 16-years-old, were believed to have played a part in two murders and 10 non-fatal shootings over the last two years.

In one of the “terrible” acts, Gonzalez said 20-year-old Kaireil Haynie and 24-year-old Alexander Williams opened fire on rival Tylee Felder outside a housing complex in Clinton Hill on Sept. 28, 2020, hitting him six times, at least twice in the head.

“What I want you to see is how senseless the shooting is… this was simply a wanton act of gang violence,” he said after showing a graphic video of the shooting at a press conference Wednesday. “This is just [a] retaliatory shooting.. its outrageous and I’m just grateful we are able to solve this.”

Two innocent bystanders were also struck by gunfire in the shooting, Gonzalez said.
In another shooting on Halloween last year, 16-year-old Jalen Elliot allegedly opened fire on a group of teens standing outside 721 Willoughby Ave. in Bedford-Stuyvesant — hitting a 14-year-old in the leg, authorities said.

NYPD Inspector Jason Savino said the gangs committed “execution-style homicides” as the rivals “hunt each other for sport.”

In a portion of a jail call transcript shown at the press conference, three of the alleged gang members laughed about the shootings — proudly referring to other members as NBA shooting guards.

Gonzalez said the nicknames, such as “Shaq,” “Kobe,” “Curry,” “Westbrook,” and “Harden,” allegedly signified their status as shooters.

The alleged gangbangers, who range in age from 16 to 24, were named in two indictments with 88 counts charging them with murder, conspiracy to commit murder and weapons charges.

Gonzalez said the significant bust came after receiving a “big break.”

“We were able to piece this case together by getting a big break by being able to get into the phone of the victim recovering these Instagram messages, and then working backward,” he said at the press conference.
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