- Tyquan Howard was fatally shot in broad daylight two blocks away from him home in Crown Heights
- Killing took place two months after Howard allegedly took part in ambush and robbery targeting 15-year-old girl, which was caught on video
- Howard was among a group of teens who were charged with robbery and gang assault
- Female victim was ambushed by some 20 teens, beaten, kicked and robbed off her Air Jordans
A 16-year-old boy was shot dead just blocks away from his home in Brooklyn on Tuesday, two months after he was charged with participating in a violent ambush and robbery targeting a 15-year-old girl that was caught on video.
According to the NYPD, Tyquan Howard was walking along St John’s Place in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn at around 1pm when someone opened fire on him.
The 16-year-old victim was discovered suffering from a gunshot wound to the abdomen, reported News 12 Brooklyn.
Police said even though Howard was conscious when he was found wounded on the street, he could not identify the person who shot him.
The teen was then rushed to Brookdale Hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries. The shooting took place in broad daylight on a busy street just two blocks away from the victim’s home.
Police sources told multiple local news outlets that Howard had been linked to the March 5 attack on a 15-year-old girl, who was beaten by a group of 20 teens and robbed of her Air Jordans near Utica Avenue in Crown Heights.
The New York Post reported that Howard was among a group of suspects who were subsequently arrested and charged with robbery and gang assault.
It was not immediately clear when and under what circumstances the 16-year-old had been released from jail. The suspects in the March ambush told investigators the girl in the viral video had fought with another girl at school earlier that day.
Surveillance footage released by the NYPD showed the group of young teenagers chased after the girl until she fell on the sidewalk. Then, nearly 20 individuals jumped onto, kicked and punched her several times as the group swarmed around her.
Her phone and debit card were also stolen.The girl was transported to NYC Health & Hospitals/Kings County to be treated for head trauma and bruises.
There is no word on whether there is a connection between the ambush on the teenage girl in March and Howard’s killing.