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2 Arrested for Possible Gang Shooting Outside Gowanus Houses, NYPD Says

By Caroline Spivack | October 13, 2017 9:49am | Updated on October 13, 2017 10:23am
 Police believe 19-year-old Ramon Ortiz was shot to death in a gang related shooting.
Police believe 19-year-old Ramon Ortiz was shot to death in a gang related shooting.
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BOERUM HILL — Police on Thursday arrested two suspects connected to a fatal shooting at the Gowanus Houses they say was likely retaliation by a rival gang over a robbery. 

Andrew Alberto, 17, of Boerum Hill was charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon in the Thursday morning killing of Ramon Ortiz, 19.

Noelvis Hernandez, 18, who also lives in Boerum Hill, was busted for criminal possession of a weapon and tampering with physical evidence after he tried to discard a fireman, according to the NYPD.

The two teens were cuffed near the Gowanus Houses after police canvased the area and the suspects were pointed out to officers, said a NYPD spokesman.

This is not Alberto's first run in with the law. He was arrested in September 2016 for robbing a Sunset Park store at knife point and charged with petit larceny and criminal possession of a weapon, police said.

Ortiz was at home with his family when he walked outside 426 Baltic St. near Bond Street around 3:50 a.m. and a gunman opened fire, shooting Ortiz in the chest, the NYPD said.

He died at Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, police said.

Authorities said the shooting was in retaliation over a recent robbery but police do not have details on the heist, a spokesman said.

Ortiz was in the Gowanus Houses-based "Oww-Oww" crew which is in an ongoing feud another gang in Red Hook.

This summer a man was sentenced to up to 100 years in prison for shooting five people outside a Red Hook apartment building, including a pregnant woman who suffered a miscarriage, in retribution for a prior shooting of a fellow gang member, police said.

And three weeks ago, a man survived a shot to the head at point-blank range after a gunman fired into his car outside the complex. A second man was shot in the arm during the incident.

It is still unclear if the September shooting is gang-related, authorities said Thursday.