NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A 16-year-old boy was charged Sunday night, the night after a shooting at the Bryant Park ice skating rink that left two people wounded and the ice splattered with blood.
Corey Dunton of the Bronx was charged as an adult with attempted murder, assault, reckless endangerment, and criminal possession of a weapon, police told CBS 2 Sunday night.
Sources told 1010 WINS the suspect has a prior criminal history, including arrests for robberies.
The shooter opened fire after he demanded that one of the victims give up his Marmot coat, police said.
The gunfire rang out around 11 p.m. Saturday. A 14-year-old boy identified as Adonis Mera was hit in the back and a 20-year-old man — identified in reports as Javier Contreras — was struck in the arm. They were taken to Bellevue Hospital, police said.
Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, but the teen, who was struck in the back, may be paralyzed, according to multiple published reports quoting his family. Police believe he was an innocent bystander.
The two victims were taken away in ambulances with their ice skates still on, witnesses said. More than 200 people were at the rink when the shooting happened.
Police had been looking for a black male with dreadlocks who was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt. He was believed to have been targeting the older victim for the coat.
As CBS 2’s Steve Langford reported, the shooting alarmed the many visitors to the civilized urban pastime as it was violently interrupted by the gunman on skates.
Witnesses said they heard three shots fired, and then people ran for cover in nearby tents and at holiday shopping booths — some still wearing their skates.