The 13-year-old Bronx boy charged with capturing one other teenager was a “super pleasant” kid caught in a gang-infested neighborhood, shocked neighbors mentioned Thursday.
“He is a good kid in a bad environment,” one neighbor, who requested that he solely be recognized as Marcus, informed The Post. “I never expected that from him. It’s the people he hangs out with. They are older kids.”
Speaking from the Hunts Point constructing the place the alleged shooter’s grandmother lives, Marcus blamed native road gangs for being a bad affect on the teenager.
“I’ve never seen another neighborhood like this,” he mentioned. “It could be 4 in the morning or 4 in the afternoon, it’s war. You go up the block, there is war. You go across the bridge, there is war. There are quite a few gangs around here.”
The baby-faced gunman was charged with tried homicide for capturing 13-year-old Jose Peredes on a South Bronx basketball court docket final week, sending the sufferer to Harlem Hospital with a wound to his left knee.
Peredes’ mother, Suleykie Rivera, mentioned Wednesday that her son didn’t know his alleged attacker, and confirmed studies that the 2 teenagers had gotten into a Snapchat spat earlier than the Oct. 7 capturing at Hunts Point Playground.
The alleged gunman’s personal mom, who lives in a metropolis homeless shelter in the Mount Hope neighborhood, later turned him in to cops. She hung up on a reporter Thursday.
Neighbors mentioned the teenager — who was arraigned in household court docket after which launched to his mom — lived part-time along with her on the shelter and likewise at his grandmother’s condominium.
That’s the place residents in the constructing have been shocked to listen to concerning the incident.
“I’m sad about what happened,” Marcus mentioned. “It’s two 13-year-old kids. Are you kidding me?”
Other neighbors described the teenager as a brief, affable teenager — not a troublemaker — whereas the constructing’s tremendous mentioned he was “super pleasant.”
“I can’t believe it,” mentioned one resident. “He is friendly. He says hi to everyone.”