Two Arrested for Playground Shooting that Wounded 3-Year-Old Brooklyn Boy
BROOKLYN — Two Brooklyn men were arrested in connection with the wild shootout that caught a toddler in the crossfire with two bullet wounds to his legs, police sources said.
Police were searching for a third man allegedly involved with the incident.
Stanley Williams, 20, was arrested Monday after hours of interrogation in the 81st Precinct stationhouse for his role in the shooting in a Pulaski Street playground in Bedford-Stuyvesant, police said.
Two of the stray bullets Sunday afternoon left Isaiah Rivera, 3, with gunshot wounds to both his legs.
Williams, who has 11 prior arrests, was charged with attempted murder, assault, weapons possession and reckless endangerment, sources said.
Police also arrested Antonio McCloud, 22, who faced the same charges. The NYPD was searching for Jashid Chambers, 20, in connection with the shooting and released a photo of the suspect Monday evening.
The news came as Isaiah was recovering Monday at Kings County Hospital, where he was in stable condition, police said. The boy was on his feet and toddling around in his sixth-floor hospital room.
"He wants to walk on it," said mom Tiffiney Monagas, who was cradling the boy.
"He didn't let them do the x-ray. He's a tough kid," dad Jose Rivera said. "He's active. He's OK, but he's in a lot of pain."
Mayor Michael Bloomberg met with the family at the hospital on Monday evening, sources said.
Isaiah was playing near elephant-shaped sprinkler in the playground at 383 Pulaski St. at the Roosevelt Houses Sunday at about 4 p.m. when the shooters — apparently aiming for a group of people playing a game of dice nearby — wildly squeezed off more than a dozen shots, sources said.
Of the 13 9mms bullets fired by the shooters, a bullet and fragments of at least one other round struck Isaiah in the right calf and left leg, sources said.
"My older son is the one who noticed my son was bleeding. He was freaked out," Rivera said. "It's horrific. You fire 16 shots into a crowd of innocent children — it's cold hearted. I thank God that I still have my son."
Rivera said there were 10 children playing at the time in front of the sprinker where Isaiah was frolicking.
"It's so unfortunate that someone would be so cold hearted to open fire in the middle of a park in the middle of the day," Rivera added.
Williams was taken into custody Sunday night, police sources said.
He was already scheduled to appear in Brooklyn Criminal Court on July 18 for a criminal possession of a weapon in East Flatbush in which he was arrested for packing a 9mm semiautomatic handgun, court records show.
Williams was also arrested in Rockland County last month for tampering with physical evidence and criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was arrested in 2009 for marijuana possession and again last October for drug possession in Crown Heights, sources said.
Back at Kings County Hospital, Isaiah, dressed in a white hospital gown and sucking on a pacifier, was seemingly on his way to a speedy recovery. His legs were free of bandages, but he wasn't in the clear yet, Monagas warned.
"The fragments are still in there," said Monagas, who is 9 months pregnant.
An IV in his right arm, the boy was softly sobbing to Monagas. But the grateful mom said Isaiah was in good spirits, all things considered.
"He's still in shock," she said. "He's doing good, though."