Police question suspect in fatal shooting outside school in the Bronx

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Dwayne Reid has been charged for a deadly shooting outside a Bronx elementary school. Police discovered that the 43-year-old suspect knew his victim for years.

The victim, who has been identified as Lamont Smith, was fatally shot Wednesday morning, prompting the school to shelter in place.

The incident happened near the intersection of East 229th Street and Schieffelin Avenue in the Baychester section.

Apparently, the gunman had been helping the victim move equipment from his business to Yonkers but the two got into a dispute.

Police say Reid drove up in a rented U-haul, hopped out and shot the victim twice in the back of the head. He got back in the vehicle, then exited and shot the victim one more time before fleeing the scene.

The van was found abandoned in a parking lot in the Edenwald Houses just across the street.

The location is on the side of PS 112, which was placed on a "shelter-in status" due to shots fired in the vicinity. Students were released from their school day on time.

Smith is a man in his 20s.

Reid faces several charges: second degree murder, manslaughter with intent to cause physical injury, assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest (he punched the arresting officer in the head during the arrest on 4111 Laconia Avenue in the Bronx), aggravated manslaughter and criminal possession of a weapon.

Baychester may not be the Wild West, but the northeast corner of the Bronx has been a trouble spot. Police Commissioner Bratton who personally visited the crime scene--is promising additional resources.

Community leaders say spread out over 5 miles, the 47th precinct is too big for its 165 officers.





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