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Bronx Gang Leader Linked to Playground Shooting Sentenced to 16+ Years

By Kate Pastor | October 13, 2017 4:02pm

The Bronx — A gang leader who participated in a 2012 shootout in a Bronx park that injured a 14-year-old girl has been sentenced to more than 16 years in prison. 

The 2Fly YGz crew chief Laquan Parrish, 27, also known as "MadDog" and “Quanzaa,” was convicted of racketeering and firearms charges in January, according to Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim.

Parish was personally involved in the shooting with rival gang members at Agnes Haywood playground on Aug. 7, 2012, in which three people were shot, including a 14-year-old girl caught in the crossfire.

Federal officials declined to say whether he fired the bullet that hit the innocent teen.

2Fly — a Bronx-based subset of the “Young Gunnaz” or “YGz,” which has members throughout New York City — operates in the area of the Eastchester Gardens public housing development, which includes a playground, as well a in the vicinity of Gun Hill Road, Kim said.

Between 2007 and 2016, a gang war between 2Fly and rival street crews led to shootings, stabbings, slashings, beatings and robberies, federal prosecutors said. 

2Fly and its associates controlled the drug trade at Eastchester Gardens, dealing marijuana, crack and powder cocaine, and prescription pills in the playground and out of apartments, the feds said. They also stored guns at the playground and in apartments nearby.   

The indictment, unsealed in April 2016, names 57 members and associates of 2Fly with a range of charges against them, including racketeering conspiracy, narcotics conspiracy, narcotics distribution, and firearms. Fifty-four defendants have pleaded guilty.