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Police charge gunman in NYC Fourth of July weekend double murder, accomplice still on the loose

2020-07-27

Police have charged an ex-con with the murder of two Bronx men who were shot dead over a bloody Fourth of July weekend.

Kalvin Robinson, 28, was picked up Wednesday when he showed up at his parole office. He was paroled last December after serving time in prison for kidnapping.

He was charged late Thursday with the July 5 murders of Joel Baba, 22, and Eghosa Imafidon, 27 — a day plagued by gun violence, with nine people shot dead and 48 people wounded across the city.

Robinson was also charged with manslaughter, attempted murder and criminal possession of a weapon. He was arraigned Friday and ordered held without bail.

Robinson’s accomplice is still being sought, police said.

Baba and Imafidon, both rappers living in the Bronx, and a third man were seen on video standing in a hallway in an apartment building on E. 171 St. and College Ave. in Claremont, police said.

Moments later, Robinson and the accomplice emerged and fired at the victims, who were trapped at the end of the hallway, police said.

Imafidon was hit in the neck, head and upper body, Baba in the upper body, arm and leg. The third victim, a 29-year-old man, was hit in the arm and survived.

Police believe Baba was one of four men responsible for another fatal shooting in the Bronx two hours earlier, when 28-year-old Anthony Robinson was hit in a drive-by shooting at E. 170th St. and Sheridan Ave. in Mount Eden while crossing the street with his 6-year-old daughter.

Baba’s alleged accomplices Davon Delks, 21, Devon Vines, 27, and Laquan Heyward, 25 — described by police as members of the violent “Sev-O” gang, an offshoot of the Bloods — were busted on murder charges July 16.

Robinson was ordered held without bail at arraignment at Bronx Criminal Court Friday. He’s due back in court Aug. 24.

With Anna Choi