Queens DA Richard Brown Calls Bus Shooting ‘Disturbing’

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A Queens man charged in a shooting rampage that left two people dead, including a passenger on a city bus, is due in court later today to be arraigned on murder and other charges.

Police arrested 34-year-old Damel Burton Friday.

Police say Burton shot and killed an 18-year-old man around 3:40 p.m. Investigators say he then jumped on a Q111 bus and shot two passengers, killing one of them.

“These shootings are particularly disturbing for having exploded during an otherwise routine afternoon bus ride filled with shoppers, students and ordinary people returning from work. Violence such as this will not be tolerated, especially aboard public transportation,” Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement.

Other bus riders were still shaken long after it was all over.

“Scary, scary, scary, scary. Especially around this time of the year. It’s a lot of people out here, stuff going on,” said one passenger.

Killed were 18-year-old Keith Murrell and 36-year-old Marvin Gilkes. The third victim, a 29-year-old man who was shot in the jaw, was taken to the hospital and was last listed in stable condition.

Burton is charged with two counts of murder, one count of attempted murder, criminal possession of a weapon and assault. If convicted, Burton faces 25 years to life in prison.

  • Tommy C

    Let me guess….Was the shooter a minority ?……….Hmmmm ….. just asking…..And the answer is , as always …..YES

  • Lawn-Guy Land

    The only way to prevent such things from ever happening again is to ban all public transportation. Everybody knows that REAL Americans drive everywhere. People who ride buses and trains are worthless traitors.

  • Meme Meyagi

    what is done about 7 million mooslime terrorists living in usa?

    • ricky

      before u blog go back to school and learn to spell mooselim.

    • Dollars and SENSE

      Equally as important: what is being done about financial public assistance being awarded to those who shouldn’t deserve it?
      This story is a perfect example. I’m sure that at least one of the parties involved didn’t work (although fully able to) and instead live(d) off the ever-broken system.

      If they were at work of the time of the shootings (which happened at a time that MOST people work), then they wouldn’t be a perp and/ or a victim. They might not even exist if they were born just to put that additional child income in fat momma’s pocket.

      Hence, less stories like this to read about, a govt that isn’t “broke”, and a safer, more pleasant society.

  • NYC42A

    Lambs for the slaugher. Depriving people their right to protect themselves leaves them at the mercy of pychos. NYC should join the rest of the country and let their law abiding citizens exercise their second amendment right to defend themselves. NYC and Mayor Bloomberg should be sued for leaving people defenseless against their will. The Supreme Court affirmed that the right to keep and bear arms is an individual right yet NYC laws are ignoring this and continuiing to violate this God given civil right.

    • Jimmne


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