BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — A Baltimore man who shot three people, including a 16-year-old, on a Bedford-Stuyvesant street in 2014 was convicted of attempted murder on Monday, according to the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office.
Cush Wright-El, 27, opened fire on William Mayo, 57, and his 16-year-old nephew Kayshawn Mayo while they were playing chess on Pulaski Street and Stuyvesant Avenue on Oct. 1, 2014, prosecutors said.
The elder victim was hit in the ankle and the teen was hit in the shoulder and back, with a bullet grazing his head, according to the DA’s office.
Wright-El continued to fire as he ran down the street, striking 61-year-old Judith Daniels in her right leg, foot and left calf, prosecutors said.
The parent coordinator worked at nearby P.S. 81 and was escorting parents at the time of the incident.
Demetrious Mayo, William Mayo’s 28-year-old nephew, got into his car to follow Wright-El and rammed into him, the DA’s office said.
Wright-El was convicted Monday on charges of second-degree attempted murder, first degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon, among others, officials said.
“This defendant brazenly pulled out a handgun and fired nine times on a street filled with people going about their business,” Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson said in a statement. “He struck three people, all of whom are lucky to be alive. Now he’s been held accountable and faces many years in prison.”
Wright-El declined legal counsel and represented himself during the jury trial, the DA’s office said.
In his closing arguments, he told jurors that he “didn’t do this shooting,” according to the Daily News.
“All I can tell you is, I am an innocent man and within four months time, four members of the Mayo family were shot or killed, I was already arrested. There's a shooter who may still be on the loose and I'm not that person," he said.
He faces up to 75 years in prison when he’s sentenced on May 10, according to prosecutors.