NEW YORK — Authorities said they have detained a man in connection with a series of shootings in New York City, two of which killed two people and a third wounded another victim, 4 p.m.: In less than 00 o’clock, two officials with direct knowledge of the matter said on Tuesday.
It was not immediately clear where or how the Sundance suspect Oliver was taken into custody, but helicopters were seen in the middle of the chase over Brooklyn. Police released a photo of Oliver after he was linked to Monday’s shooting, warning the public to consider the gunman still on the loose as armed and extremely dangerous.
Police believe he is responsible for three shootings; Two of the people he allegedly killed were his associates, while the third victim appears to be an innocent bystander in an attack on another associate.
According to police, the first shooting began around 9:30 a.m. Monday as a playground robbery outside NYCHA’s Kingsboro House near Bergen Street and Rochester Avenue in Crown Heights.
A man stole a 39-year-old woman’s phone and jacket, and as she was running from her assailant, he pulled his gun and shot her. Police said the bullet did not hit the woman but did hit a 96-year-old man in a wheelchair at a bus stop half a block away. The victim was taken to hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg and is expected to recover.
Police sources said after the shootout, the suspect, later identified as Oliver, was known to the police and lived nearby. He also knows the woman he allegedly robbed, and this was not a random act of violence.
After fleeing the scene, police said the same suspect shot and killed a man in Lower Manhattan a few hours later. A 21-year-old man was shot multiple times in the chest and leg around 3 p.m. at the Smith House on St. James Place, another NYCHA campus.
The victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where he died.
The third shooting happened just before midnight at the Kingsborough House in Brooklyn. A woman was shot in the chest and later died in hospital.
Law enforcement sources said Oliver has a criminal record involving a weapon, robbery and a pistol.
No details were immediately available about the possible charges against him early Tuesday, nor was it clear whether he had retained an attorney.