BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — A Brooklyn man who killed a 79-year-old bystander during a gang-related shooting in Bed-Stuy has been convicted of second-degree murder.
Breeze King, of Bed-Stuy, saw two rivals on the street on Sept. 28, 2011 and opened fire on them, according to trial testimony.
One target ran into a barbershop at 358 Marcus Garvey Blvd. near Jefferson Avenue, and Andrew Burke, who was standing outside the business, was caught in the crossfire and fatally shot in the neck, officials said.
King was identified by a witness who came forward about a year after the shooting, according to the DA’s office.
Another witness testified that King admitted his role in the incident while they were both jailed at Rikers Island, officials said.
The 22-year-old also faces charges for an August 2012 murder in which he allegedly shot a man in the head on Marcus Garvey Boulevard near DeKalb Avenue, according to court records.
He faces a maximum sentence of 40 years to life in prison for Burke’s death and is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 26, the DA said.
Information about King’s attorney was not immediately available.