Man Questioned in Connection to Shooting of Teen Bystander, Police Say
BROOKLYN — Police were questioning a man Friday morning in connection to the shooting of an innocent teenage choirboy who was standing with family at a Flatbush bus stop Monday when a bullet pierced his skull and may have damaged his vision, the NYPD and family said.
Investigators picked up Kareem Potomont, 21, in Queens Thursday afternoon because they believed he was connected to the the brazen midday shooting that sent two rounds into the head of 13-year-old Gama Droiville outside Avenue Pizza II at 1066 Flatbush Ave., police said.
Gama was taken to Kings County Hospital, where doctors performed hours of surgery to save his eye, family said. Afterward, he was alert, having escaped serious brain damage, but was still waiting to see if he will regain full use of his right eye, his father said.
Potomont, who lives in Flatbush about six blocks from the crime scene, was being held at the 70th Precinct stationhouse Friday morning but had not been formally arrested or charged, an NYPD spokesman said.
Potomont was not described as a suspect in Gama's shooting, but police said their investigation was ongoing.
The mayhem unfolded Monday about noon while Gama stood at a B41 bus stop with his aunt and her son, and the gunman slinked down the street and opened fire on a 24-year-old man, hitting him and the Gama as well, police said.
Gama's aunt was pushing the two young boys towards a nearby storefront when she realized her nephew had been hit, according to the boy's father, Jimmy Marcel.
"Auntie, I can't see. I cannot see!" Gama shouted, according to his father. "God is with me. I'm not going to die."
The 24-year-old target, whose identity was not released, was hit in the leg and treated at Kings County Hospital, police said.
Family described Gama, who was born in Haiti, as fun-loving, kind and dedicated to the choir at the French Speaking Baptist Church in Fort Greene.
Marcel was with his boy when he came out of surgery and said he was in good spirits.
"It's a miracle and we thank God for that. The bullet didn't touch his brain. It's a blessing," the dad said.