Brooklyn teen, 15, asked about gang affiliation before fatal shooting: witnesses

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.

A photo of police and firefighters taking the injured 15-year-old student to an ambulance.
Student Unique Smith, 15, was sitting on a bench when two masked men approached him and asked if he belonged to a gang.
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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.

Unique Smith was a 15-year-old student at Brooklyn Laboratory Charter Schools.
Unique Smith was a 15-year-old student at Brooklyn Laboratory Charter Schools.
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Unique Smith's mother and grandfather Kenneth Davis (left) speak after his murder.
Unique Smith’s mother and grandfather Kenneth Davis (left) speak after his murder.
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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.”

NY detectives search the crime scene.

Detectives search the scene of the shooting, a park on the corner of Jay Street and Tillary Street in Brooklyn.


Police are investigating the park where the 15-year-old student was fatally shot.

Police said there was no indication Smith was a gang member.


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.”

Students leave the park where the deadly shooting took place.

Police said Smith was in the park with his classmates when he was fatally shot.


Family and friends mourn the loss of Unique Smith outside NYP Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn.

Family and friends mourn the loss of Unique Smith outside NYP Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn.


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

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