NEW YORK — Authorities have detained a convicted felon in connection with a series of shootings in New York City that killed two people, including a 17-year-old girl, and injured a third in less than 16 hours. This instigated an all-out manhunt. Two officials and sources with knowledge of the matter said Tuesday that helicopters were flying over Brooklyn throughout the night.
It was not immediately clear where or how the suspect, Sundance Oliver, was taken into custody, but helicopters were seen in Crown Heights in the morning amid the pursuit. 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 the 28-year-old man is responsible for the 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 happened around 9:30 a.m. Monday and began as a playground robbery outside NYCHA’s Kingsboro House near Bergen Street and Rochester Avenue in Crown Heights.
According to a uniformed officer, a man stole a 39-year-old woman’s phone and jacket, and as she ran from the gunman, pulled out 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. Sources said he also knew the woman he allegedly robbed, and it was not a random act of violence.
After leaving the scene, police said Oliver shot and killed a 21-year-old man in Lower Manhattan. It took place at another NYCHA campus, the Smith House on St. James Place. The victim, who was shot multiple times in the chest, was pronounced dead at the hospital. He has been identified as Kevon Langston of Columbus Avenue.
Oliver’s connection to Langston was not immediately clear. The shooting spree continued late into the night, with the third killing a 17-year-old girl at Kingsborough House on Atlantic Avenue just after midnight, police said. He was shot in the chest and was pronounced dead at a hospital at around 12:45 pm on Tuesday, officials said.
The name of the younger victim has not been released, nor is it clear how Oliver could have known her.
No details were immediately available about the possible charges against him early Tuesday, nor was it clear whether he had retained an attorney.
Who is Sundance Oliver?
Oliver has an extensive criminal record with nearly three dozen arrests for weapons, robbery, drug and firearms offenses over the past decade, police records show. Sources say that of his 31 arrests, about half are related to felonies.
A man with suspected gang ties, Oliver is currently on probation for a first-degree robbery conviction. Police records show he was released from prison in July 2020 and was expected to remain under supervision until at least March 2023.
Oliver’s last known address was on South Street in Manhattan, police sources say, although he has had permanent addresses at various points in each of New York City’s five boroughs since 2010.