16 year old Kimani “Kiki” Gray was fatally shot by a pair of plain-clothes cops in Brooklyn late Saturday after he supposedly pointed a gun at them, police said.
Gray was hanging out in front of a home on E. 52nd St. near Tilden Ave. in East Flatbush with five other young men, friends and siblings, shortly before midnight. After leaving his friends, Kiki “adjusted his waistband”. The undercover officers approached him and Gray unveiled a revolver. Both cops shot Kimani multiple times.
He was rushed to nearby Kings County Hospital, where he died.
Gray’s mother, Carol Gray, rushed to the hospital after learning her son was shot, and was fainted and hospitalized herself after learning he died, relatives said.
A pair of brothers who said they were hanging out with Gray moments before the shooting told The Daily News they didn’t realize Gray was armed.
“The cops, they just jumped out of the car so fast,” said Devonte Brown, 16. “They started shooting him and he went down. He was bleeding, holding his side, screaming, ‘Stop, stop!’”
“We were just hanging out,” added Brown’s brother, Akeem Brown, 15. “We didn’t know he had a gun.”
Gray’s confrontation with cops was the second police-involved shooting of the day.
Update: Several eye witnesses have come forward to media casting doubts on the officer’s version of the incident:
“He was running for his life, telling the cops, “Stop,”. These cops are ridiculous, they really are, seriously, walking around shooting little kids. They were just beating a little boy on 51st and now they come down here and shot somebodies child.” Camille Johnson, a resident of the neighborhood, told Pix 11 News.
Another witness told the New York Times: “Mr. Gray’s sister, Mahnefah Gray, 19, said that a witness to the shooting told her that her brother had been fixing his belt when he was shot.”
A woman who lives across the street from where the shooting occurred said that after the shots were fired, she saw two men, whom she believed to be plainclothes officers, standing over Mr. Gray, who was prone on the sidewalk, clutching his stomach.
“He said, ‘Please don’t let me die,’ ” said the woman, 46, who gave her name only as Vanessa. One of the officers, she said, replied: “Stay down, or we’ll shoot you again.”
As of 9pm, an angry crowd of over 200 people, including family and friends of Gray, are protesting in front of the 67 police precinct. It looks like there might be some arrests tonight. I’ll reblog with updates as soon as I have more news.