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.