2nd gunman arrested after wild shootout outside Brooklyn bodega: Police

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Eyewitness News reporter NJ Burkett obtained exclusive video of a wild shootout on a Bushwick street in which five people were shot outside of a bodega.

BUSHWICK, Brooklyn (WABC) -- Police have arrested a second man in connection to a wild shootout outside a bodega on Memorial Day that injured five people, according to officials.

NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea tweeted Friday night, that a second trigger man was arrested and charged in the shooting.

The first arrest was 25-year-old Queens resident Jonathan Espinal, who was charged Wednesday with attempted murder, assault, criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment.

The bodega shooting was just one of several incidents in a violent six-hour period across the city on Monday.

Eyewitness News reporter NJ Burkett obtained exclusive video of the wild shootout on the Bushwick street.

It happened just before 8 p.m. on Knickerbocker Avenue, and authorities say it appeared to be Trinitarios gang members shooting at a rival gang.

Espinal was previously charged April 27 with aggravated unlicensed driving and driving with a suspended license after crashing on the Clearview Expressway at the Long Island Expressway in Queens, killing his friend.

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Police Officer Anastasios Tsakos was directing traffic around that fatal crash when he was struck and killed by another driver.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

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