Teen Indicted In Connection With Shooting At Bryant Park Skating Rink
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. announced the indictment Tuesday of a teenager accused in the shooting of two young men at the Bryant Park skating rink.
Corey Dunton, of the Bronx, was charged as an adult with attempted murder, assault, reckless endangerment, and criminal possession of a weapon, police said. The judge ordered him held without bail.
Dunton’s father had no comment as he left court and neither did the teen’s attorney.
“I have no comment. The record is public and stands for itself,” Sam Roberts told CBS 2′s Janelle Burrell.
The 16-year-old is accused of shooting 20-year-old Javier Contreras, who sustained multiple injuries, after Contreras refused to give up his Marmot winter coat.
“I fell on the ground and he kept on shooting,” Contreras told CBS 2 exclusively after getting out of the hospital, adding that he has a bullet lodged in his thigh and has months of therapy ahead of him.
“I got shot in my right hand, my left hand, my right leg and my hip,” he said.
Adonis Mera, 14, a bystander, was shot in the back, causing serious and possibly permanent injuries.
Dunton fled, but was arrested by police the following day.
“Because of a single gun fired in a public park, an innocent 14-year-old boy may never walk again,” Vance said. “With several gunshots, Cory Dunton is accused of shattering the peace and calm of an annual holiday activity in one of our city’s great public venues.”
Joe Carella, a spokesman for Bryant Park Corp., the not-for-profit company that privately manages the park, said there were about 300 people on the ice at the time of the shooting.
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.
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