One-year-old Davell Gardner Jr. was fatally shot on the Cookout in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn
BEDFORD-STUYVESANT, Brooklyn (WABC) – Police arrested a 1-year-old boy in the fatal shootout last summer.
Dashawn Austin, 25, was arrested in connection with the death of Davell Gardner Jr.
“This is a powerful moment of justice,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio of the arrest. The mayor said he spent time with the boy’s mother and grandmother and said, “It was just the most heartbreaking thing in the world.”
The 1-year-old boy was hit by a bullet when gunfire was fired during a cooking operation near the Raymond Bush playground in Bedford-Stuyvesant on July 12, 2020.
According to the police, two armed men dressed in black walked up to them and fired several bullets before they escaped. Little Davell was shot in his stomach and died of his injuries. Three others were also shot and wounded.
The boy was only two months before his second birthday.
According to investigators, no words were exchanged or argued before the words were fired.
In September the boy’s father published an emotional plea for an end to gun violence.
Austin is now charged with multiple crimes, including three homicide cases, three attempted homicide, assault, two assault attempts, four cases of criminal possession of a gun for loading a firearm, and reckless endangerment.
He was already in custody for another fatal shooting outside a Brooklyn strip club.
Austin is also a well-known member of a gang. He is one of 18 people named in a 63-count indictment solving four murders and eight non-fatal shootings.
A second person is also in custody in Davell’s death, awaiting extradition.
“This is part of the long-term investigation our great detectives have conducted. Numerous people have been arrested, various acts of violence and two specifically for the Davell Gardner murder. As most of you will remember, July 12th was a very dark day, when the one-year-old was confronted with his death due to the sheer recklessness of gang members who are now being taken off our streets, “said patrol chief Juanita Holmes, NYPD.
Ten of the 18 defendants are charged with murder.
“The most famous murder in these indictments is the most heartbreaking. 22-month-old Davell Gardner Jr., who was sitting in his stroller, was shot,” said Eric Gonzales, Brooklyn District Attorney, perpetrators responsible for Davell’s murder. “
“We claimed Dashawn Austin was one of the shooters. His co-conspirator Akeem Artis drove him to the park to conduct the shooting. We also brought charges. He was the driver of the vehicle,” said Gonzales.
The prosecutor said the gang is known to use a three-car trailer to commit shootings. Each of the cars has a unique role. “The blocker car is blocking the responding police. The chasing cars accelerate to get the police to chase them. The third car is the gunner’s car that the shooter is in,” said Gonzales.
In this particular crime, the gang allegedly circled the block around Madison Street. “We learned that the vehicle pulled up, two men let out, our riflemen. One was Dashawn Austin. Another vehicle, a white Mercedes, went up the block. These two men started shooting at random. The man with the hood who did White bonnet. We pretend this is Dashawn Austin on camera. Both men are shooting, and as you can see in the video, people are scattering and running for their lives, “said Gonzales.
The district attorney said the gang used a phone app with encrypted instant messages and group chats to initiate murders. Their home base is city run public housing, but their reach extends well beyond Bedford-Stuyvesant.
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