EAST NEW YORK - Police arrested a suspect in the shooting death of a 22-year-old Brooklyn man early Sunday, authorities said.
Wayne Elliot, 22, was killed in front of Greater Refuge Ministries church near Liberty Avenue and Hendrix Street in East New York, family and authorities said.
Gregory Robinson, 20, lives near the crime scene and was woken up by loud yelling around 3:40 a.m.
"I heard three or four shots and then screaming," he said. This afternoon there were blood stains on the pavement.
When police arrived they found Elliot with multiple gunshot wounds to the torso. He was transported to Brookdale Hospital where he was pronounced dead, cops said.
People visiting the church on Sunday could see dried blood stains on the pavement as they went inside.
About a mile away from the crime scene, Elliot's family mourned him in their apartment in the Van Dyke Houses on Blake Avenue and Powell Street in Brownsville.
The eleventh floor apartment was full of grieving family members, friends and neighbors. People from the neighborhood stopped by to pay their respects throughout the day. One of the visitors was a mother who lost her son in a similar way years ago.
"I want people to remember him as a kind young man who loved playing ball outside," said Elliot's father, Rhoan Williams. Elliot was especially fond of playing basketball and the video game "Call of Duty," his father said.
Elliot's mother, Virginia Brown, said her son was very helpful around the house and played with his younger siblings. She held back tears as she spoke and sent a message to whoever was responsible.
"I hope they fry him," she said.
Outside the building fiends mourned Elliot. They spoke about playing basketball outside and playing call of duty with him.
" I seen him yesterday," said a young man who was on the verge of tears as his friends told him the news.
Williams, Elliot's father, urged whoever was responsible to turn themselves in.
Police Officers found a gun at the crime scene and the undisclosed suspect was arrested at the scene.