NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A 17-year-old boy has died and a 14-year-old boy remains hospitalized after police said they were both shot in Brooklyn overnight.
Clothes still on the ground Friday mark the spot where loved ones say 17-year-old Kieth Kyser was gunned down.
Bushwick resident Debbie Lewis said the gunshots rang out around 2 a.m. Friday. The bullets striking Kyser and his 14-year-old cousin at the intersection Jefferson Avenue and Broadway.
“It was loud, it woke up my whole family,” Lewis said. “And then a female voice screaming, ‘Oh my gosh, he’s dead, he’s dead.”
Sources tell CBS2 that Kyser had some friends over at his home and he and his cousin, identified as Karim Samuels, left to get sandwiches at a corner deli about a block away.
They were walking back when sources say three men approached them. One of them went to shake Kyser’s hand and at the same time, the two others pulled out guns and began firing, CBS2’s Janelle Burrell reported.
“People were hysterically crying and screaming,” said Lewis.
Police said the 17-year-old suffered gunshot wounds to the torso and leg and died at the hospital. The other teen had a gunshot wound to the left thigh and is being treated.
Some who live in the neighborhood said they weren’t surprised to hear about the shooting.
“Always they’re shooting, robbing, robberies,” resident Malek Mahammed said. “Always this stuff.”
As police work to determine the relationship the teens may have had with the alleged shooters, Kyser’s family members say he’ll be missed.
“He was a great person,” one woman said.
Sources say police are questioning a man who was seen hiding out in a bodega nearby soon after the shooting, Burrell reported. Sources also say that police are looking at a dispute over Facebook as a possible motive.