A Bronx teen has been busted for shooting another youth – just six months after he was arrested for carrying a loaded gun, police said Thursday.
The 15-year-old, whose name was withheld because of his age, opened fire on a 19-year-old in front of Crotona Park near Crotona Ave. about 5:20 p.m. on April 8, cops said.
The older teen suffered a gunshot wound in the thigh, authorities said. He was on his way to a date, but went to St. Barnabas Hospital instead.
Video surveillance and witnesses helped detectives identify the younger boy as the shooter and arrested the teen on Tuesday, charging him with attempted murder and assault.
“On April 8, a #Bronx teen was on his way to meet a girl when he was shot,” Police Commissioner Dermot Shea tweeted Thursday. “Thanks to @NYPD48Pct Detectives, the 15 y/o shooter has now been arrested & charged with attempted murder.”
On Sept. 11, the same 15-year-old was caught with a loaded .380-caliber pistol after a report of shots fired on E. 175th St. near Waterloo Place, about four blocks from the April 8 shooting.
“Arrested in September with a loaded gun, this is his 2nd recent encounter w/ the judicial system,” Shea wrote on Twitter. The youth was charged with having a loaded gun, drug possession and reckless endangerment.