A 15-year-old Brooklyn high school student was asked if he was in a gang before he was gunned down on Wednesday, police witnesses said.
Unique Smith, a student at Brooklyn Laboratory Charter Schools, was sitting on a bench near campus around 1:40 p.m. when two masked men approached him and asked about his gang affiliation, law enforcement officials told the Post.
Police said Smith got into a fight with his attackers and was shot once with a 9mm pistol before the gunman ran away.
Smith was later pronounced dead at New York/Presbyterian Methodist Hospital.
Two witnesses to the fatal shooting told police the beef started when the bandits wanted to know if Smith was in a gang.
Police said there was no indication Smith was a gang member.
The teenager’s neighbor, Mary Beloti, agreed.
“Definitely not,” she said on Thursday.
“I can’t come to terms with this, really,” said Beloti, 64. “He’s a wonderful young man. Very respectable young man. He went to school, played his music, played his video games, never bothered anyone.
However, Beloti said locals were worried about Smith’s new friends.
“He wasn’t in trouble,” she said. “I think it was the company he kept. We were all very worried about these guys he was hanging out with.
“These new guys,” she added. “Not his friends, but these new guys.”
The murdered teenager’s grandfather, Kenneth Davis, told the Post on Wednesday that the family “is falling apart” after learning of his senseless death.
Davis offered a $5,000 reward for the shooter’s capture.
“He’s a great young man,” he said of his grandson. “He helps around the house. He is energetic. He’s just your average 15-year-old. It is sad.”
https://nypost.com/2022/09/08/brooklyn-teen-15-asked-about-gang-affiliation-before-fatal-shooting-witnesses/ Brooklyn teen, 15, asked about gang affiliation before fatal shooting: witnesses