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Teen Suspect Indicted In Shooting Death Of 4-Year-Old Bronx Boy

Rondell Pinkerton is accused of opening fire at a basketball game on July 22, 2012. 4-year-old Lloyd Morgan was killed in the crossfire. (credit: CBS 2)

Rondell Pinkerton is accused of opening fire at a basketball game on July 22, 2012. 4-year-old Lloyd Morgan was killed in the crossfire. (credit: CBS 2)

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 NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – A teenager has been indicted on murder and other charges in the deadly shooting of a 4-year-old boy in the Bronx.

The Bronx District Attorney’s Office announced the indictment Monday against 17-year-old Rondell Pinkerton.

Pinkerton claimed that when he arrived at the charity basketball tournament last week at the Forest Houses where the shooting occurred, he was handed a .45 caliber handgun by an older friend, authorities said.

Prosecutors said Pinkerton said two men from a rival crew started shooting at him and he returned fire.

In the crossfire, one of those bullets hit 4-year-old Lloyd Morgan who was playing on a playground nearby, police said. Morgan was shot in the head and killed.

Two other suspects have also been arrested in the case.

Ronald Jeffrey, a 19-year-old from the Bronx, faces second-degree murder, attempted murder and criminal possession of a weapon charges while 26-year-old Courtney Kelly faces weapons charges.

If convicted of murder, Pinkerton faces up to 25 years to life imprisonment.

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