Two New York City police officers shot and killed a teenager in East Flatbush, Brooklyn just before midnight on March 10.
Authorities said 16-year-old Kimani Gray was standing on East 52nd Street with a group of African-American teenagers when the Brooklyn South Anti-Crime officers left an unmarked car and approached them. The officers said that Gray removed a .38-caliber revolver from his waistband and pointed it at them when they identified themselves as NYPD.
The cops shot the teen. He died at Kings County Hospital.
The police said that a loaded gun was recovered at the scene, but witnesses are telling a conflicting account.
A 19-year-old man who was with Gray at the time of the shooting told NBC 4 New York the officers never identified themselves as police.
“It all happened so fast. I didn’t even know they were officers. I didn’t hear them say a thing,” he said.
Another witness, Camille Johnson, alleges the teen fled because the police officers were intimidating the group.
“He was running for his life, telling the cops stop,” she told Pix11. “These cops is ridiculous. They really are, seriously, walking around, shooting little kids. They was just beating up somebody on 51st, now they came down here and shot somebody’s child.”
Both officers were treated for trauma at a local area hospital. Authorities are investigating the incident.