Two Men Arrested and Charged for Killing 1-Year-Old Boy at a Brooklyn Barbecue Last Summer
A gang shooting occurred in Brooklyn, New York City when 22-month-old Davell Gardner, Jr. was slain, all in the middle of a barbecue while sitting in a stroller.
Two men, 25-year-old Dashawn Austin and 24-year-old Akeem Artis, have been apprehended. They are suspected of killing one-year-old boy Davell Gardner Jr. at a Brooklyn barbecue last summer, on July 12, 2020.
The press released a statement alleging that these two individuals are gang members of a group called "Hoolie." Reportedly, Artis, Austin, and over ten other Hoolie gang members have been charged.
DISTRICT ATTORNEY COMMENTS
Eric Gonzales, Brooklyn's District Attorney, responded to the purported ongoing gang violence in the community, expressing that too many lives have been lost. He exclaimed:
"Gang violence as we allege in this case has taken and traumatized far too many lives, including many innocents such as Davell Gardner — a bright and loved baby boy."
The two suspected shooters have been indicted with multiple charges. This includes murder in the second degree, assault, criminal gun possession, reckless endangerment, and attempted murder.
Spent this Saturday morning with @TheRevAl and Mother Gwen Carr at @NationalAction as we hold the family of Davell Gardner Jr. in our prayers. The strength of these women after living through the murders of their sons is beyond inspiring. Thank you for having me. ❤️🙏🏿 pic.twitter.com/gzJetYovGC— Ray McGuire (@RayForMayor) May 8, 2021
According to the District Attorney, this case is only one portion of a wide-reaching inquiry. This past January 19, members of gangs were charged with heinous crimes, including murder.
His father also spoke out, begging for the termination of gun violence.
Gonzales claimed that he would do everything he could to minimize the level of violence within their communities. It was unclear whether either of the accused had entered pleas.
"We in the Detective Bureau have prioritized our cases in which we focus on the small number of people who think it's ok to fire a gun in NYC, this is unacceptable." @NYPDDetectives stated alongside @BrooklynDA while announcing the arrest of 18 violent individuals. pic.twitter.com/3GyX22ozvk— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) May 6, 2021
A FAMILY FRIEND REMEMBERS
A family friend has recounted the traumatizing events of the day, expressing how desperately he and the boy's relatives tried to save Davell's life. He recounted the horrific experience:
"I was trying to close the wound in his stomach, trying to put pressure.”
The friend said they couldn't wait for medical assistance to arrive because it was clear that the one-year-old was close to death. He described the crime scene as something out of a horror film.
COMMUNITY OUTRAGEA community member also commented on the tragic incident, stating that everybody loved the little boy. His father also spoke out, begging for the termination of gun violence.
He was not the only one fed up with these senseless acts of brutality. The death of Davell set off fury within the whole of New York City.
.@seanhannity and @LawrenceBJones3 spoke to the parents of one-year-old Davell Gardner Jr. who was shot and killed in NYC:— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) July 14, 2020
"Everybody talk about 'Black Lives Matter.' What about baby lives?.. You took an innocent child from a mother and a father..." pic.twitter.com/cANXXgHRB0
More recently, a toddler managed to survive a shooting thanks to a New York Police Department (NYPD) Officer. The incident occurred in Times Square on May 8, 2021
The officer held Skye Martinez while running through the Square towards an ambulance. All victims of the shooting are expected to recover.
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