Updated at 7:30 a.m. on March 6, 2019
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A man was charged with murder Tuesday in the deadly shooting of a 15-year-old boy last month in Brooklyn.
Samuel Joseph, 15, was shot and killed on Feb. 22 in East Flatbush.
Martial Amilcar, 20, was taken into custody Monday and charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon Tuesday.
Amilcar was allegedly captured on camera, along with another man in red sweatpants, near the scene where Joseph was shot. They were later seen riding in a four-door car.
Investigators said Johnson was an innocent bystander – not the intended target of the spray of bullets that struck him in the face, neck and chest.
“He was just a good kid,” family spokesperson, Don Joseph, said.4041337
Witnesses said they saw a suspect waiting outside the family’s building on Flatbush Ave, firing a weapon as Joseph was getting food.
“For something like this to happen so close to where I live, it’s a tragedy,” said a woman named Patricia who lives nearby. “I hope somebody recognizes him.”
His devastated mother and community leaders are pleading for the public’s help in bringing his killer to justice.
“Any information will help the police department put together the pieces to solve the puzzle. We can get this gun off the streets, we can get the person responsible off the street,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.
Joseph was the youngest of five children.
Anyone with information about Joseph’s death is asked to call NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or 1-888-57-PISTA (74782) for Spanish. You can also submit a tip via the Crime Stoppers website, by Tweeting @NYPDTips or by texting a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) and then entering TIP577.