Suspect charged in shooting of Brooklyn teen

Jim Dolan reportinf from East Flatbush
April 19, 2014 5:41:03 PM PDT
Police have charged a suspect in the Brooklyn shooting that landed a 13-year-old boy in the hospital with a gunshot wound to the head. Meanwhile, the boy is speaking out from his hosptial bed.

21-year-old Kareem Potomont, of New York, is charged with two counts each of attempted murder, assault, possession of a firearm, criminal use of a firearm and reckless endangerment.

Police believe he is the shooter who opened fire around noon Monday on Flatbush Avenue near Beverly Road in the Flatbush section.

He was taken into custody at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Potomont was found in a basement in Jamaica, Queens, where he apparently has been hiding, officials said. On Friday, he kept his head down as he was taken away by police after he was charged.

Potomont was arraigned Friday night in criminal court in downtown Brooklyn. He is being held on $200,000 bail. Gama Droiville was caught in the crossfire as the alleged gunman fired shots at another man, who was struck in the leg. "You're going to be locked away for a long time and no one has to be afraid anymore," said Droiville on Friday.

Officials said the second person shot in the incident, now identified as 24-year-old Eduardo Dolphy, has been treated and released.

Droiville was waiting for the bus with his aunt and cousin outside of a pizza shop when the shots rang out. The aunt and cousin weren't harmed.

"My cousin said he saw two people arguing, but I didn't see anything," Droiville said. "Then they pulled out guns and started shooting at each other. And I think one of their bullets hit me above my right eye, and I fell to the ground."

In the seconds following the hail of gunfire, surveillance video shows mothers and small children running for their lives. Droiville said while everyone around him panicked, he felt calm and relied on his faith.

"I told everybody to relax, stay calm because God is with me," he said. "They called 911 and I woke up in the hospital...I think it's a miracle."

Droiville was rushed to Kings County Hospital, where he is listed in serious but stable condition after undergoing surgery. Doctors were previously worried he might lose vision in one eye, but now it appears he will keep his sight.

The incident set off a panic in the neighborhood, as police descended on the scene.

"I heard about five gunshots and at first I thought they were fake, then I saw everyone get on the ground, and so I hid under a chair," eyewitness Souleyman Bah said.

On Thursday, Droiville received a medal from a few members of the New York City Police Department.

Sources tell Eyewitness News that the suspect is a member of a known street gang who was involved in two previous shootings.

A second person was also taken into custody at the basement apartment. He is wanted in an unrelated credit card fraud case in Massachusetts.

On Friday, Droiville's father said he just wants his son to be able to move forward with his life. "We want him to go back to his normal life," said Jimmy Marcel. "I know it's not easy, but with the help of the Lord, we'll get there."