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Woman Charged In Deadly Shooting Outside Lincoln Houses Development

Shooting Left Younger Woman Dead Early Tuesday Morning
NYCHA's Lincoln Houses in East Harlem (file/credit: NYCHA)

NYCHA’s Lincoln Houses in East Harlem (file/credit: NYCHA)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A 34-year-old homeless woman has been arrested and charged in a shooting that killed another woman outside the Lincoln Houses in Harlem earlier this week.

The shooting happened just two days after six Democratic mayoral candidates spent the night in the public housing development to draw attention to the conditions there.

Michele Graham was charged Wednesday with murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the shooting of Olivia Brown, 23. Brown was found at 3:38 a.m. Tuesday outside the Lincoln Houses building at 1960 Park Ave. in East Harlem with gunshot wounds to her hand and groin.

Police said she apparently quarreled with another woman before the shooting.

Neighbor Parrish Whittick said Tuesday that the shooting confirmed what he already knows.

“This place is a very bad neighborhood,” he said. “People don’t care about the life of other people.”

Mayoral candidate Bill Thompson returned two days after waking up in the development, and said money has been allocated for security cameras. He said they should be a priority installation in all city housing projects.

“Could it have prevented a shooting? I’m not going to say that. But it possibly could have led to a person being identified,” Thompson said.

This past weekend, Thompson and fellow Democratic mayoral candidates Christine Quinn, Anthony Weiner, Bill de Blasio, and John Liu each spent a night with a family at the 65-year-old housing project.

The Rev. Al Sharpton organized the unusual sleepover to shed light on the problems at the complex.

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