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A 14-year-old boy was arrested for fatally shooting his friend Jacob Borbon of the same age while they were “playing” with a gun in the lobby of an apartment building in the Bronx (NYC).
The suspect, whose name was not released by the New York police due to his minority, was captured Friday night. Investigators were still determining whether the shooting early Thursday was accidental.
Police charged the minor with two different charges: intentional homicide and involuntary manslaughter. Bronx prosecutors will determine how to proceed with his case, law enforcement sources told The Associated Press. DailyNews.
Sources familiar with the case said the teen told investigators that the gun had fired in the victim’s hands, but physical evidence from the scene suggests otherwise. He was arraigned in Bronx Criminal Court on Saturday and He was ordered detained without bail.
According to the NYPD, Jacob was hanging out with his teenage friends in the lobby of a building on E. 194th St. near Briggs Ave., Fordham Heights neighborhood, when the gun went off, probably accidentally, around 1:05 a.m. Thursday.
Police officers stationed nearby heard the shot and found Jacob walking out of the building, wounded. said NYPD Detective Chief James Essig. Agents found four beach chairs in the lobby surrounded by McDonald’s Food And Drinks, detailed.
The surveillance camera in the lobby was covered in black spray paint and therefore caught nothing, but a camera outside recorded three young men fleeing, one of them with a gun, according to Essig.
Jacob, who lived in Allerton, about 2 miles from where he was shot, was hit in the chest. Doctors rushed him to St. Barnabas Hospital but were unable to save him.
The unidentified mother told Pix11 that she did not want her son to return to the Fordham neighborhood, where his father still lives, because of what she described as the “wrong people.”
The victim’s stepfather, Víctor López (49), told the DailyNews that when Borbin was a child his half-brother was killed by gun violence in the same neighborhood in 2015.
In NYC gun violence continues unleashed in 2022. Specifically in July homicides experienced a 35% increase compared to the same month last year, going from 31 to 42 cases. Shooting victims and weapons incidents also rose nearly 10%.
The rise in shootings confirms the experts’ fears that New York was going to experience a spike in violence this summer, both with firearms and white.