Police Identify Person of Interest in Shooting of 13-Year-Old
BROOKLYN — Police have released photos of a person of interest they want to question in connection to the shooting of a 13-year-old innocent bystander who was shot in the head while standing in front of a Flatbush pizzeria Monday, police said.
Detectives identified Kareem Potomont, 21, who lives in Prospect Park South, as a person of interest in the shooting that injured Gama Droiville. They said they are looking for information about Potomont's whereabouts and said he stands 5-foot-11 and weighs 160 pounds, authorities said.
Gama was shot twice above the right eye while he waited for the B41 bus with his aunt on Flatbush Avenue near Beverly Road around noon.
"Auntie, I can't see. I cannot see!" Droiville said after being shot, according to his father, Jimmy Marcel. "God is with me. I'm not going to die," the teen added.
While Gama escaped brain damage and has already been able to begin speaking following extensive surgery, he had not regained sight in his eye, his father said Tuesday. He was awaiting a diagnosis to learn whether his sight would return, his father said.
Police said the gunman, whose identity was not released, was wearing a hoodie with the letters "ROC" on the chest and number "99" on each bicep.
He was spotted on surveillance video wandering around the scene before the shooting, and fleeing the scene afterward, police said.
On Tuesday, investigators released footage of the shooter running slightly crouched while holding the gun at his right side before raising it in front of him.
Police believe the shooter's intended target, a 24-year-old man, was hit in the leg and went for treatment at Kings County Hospital, the NYPD said. That man, whose name was not released, was in stable condition Tuesday.
The reason for the shooting was not clear, police said.
Police are asking anyone with information regarding Potomont’s whereabouts to call 800-577-8477. All calls are confidential.