A gang member previously arrested for attempted murder opened fire on a car carrying a 9-year-old girl in Midtown over the weekend, authorities and police sources said.
Eric Garcia – who was released from prison sometime after June 21 on previous charges – exchanged words with the 22-year-old man in the Hyundai Santa Fe just as the car was stopped at a red light at Park Avenue and East 50th Street stopped in Manhattan at 2 a.m. Sunday, authorities said. Garcia, 25, was walking at the time.
It’s not clear what the apparent argument was about, but Garcia, who sources said is a member of the violent Chico gang, pulled out a gun and shot twice at the car the child and another adult were in were found, police officers said. Nobody was hit by the bullets.
The driver told police he did not know the suspect, police said.
Garcia sped from the scene after the shooting, but police caught up with him a few blocks away at East 48th Street and Madison Avenue, authorities said.
He was arrested after a brief chase and was caught with the gun in his backpack, police said.
He was charged with criminal possession of a loaded firearm, criminal use of a firearm, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief, authorities said.
Two .40 caliber cartridge cases and two bullet fragments were recovered at the scene, police sources said.
The relationship between the people in the car is unclear, but police sources say they all share the same last name.
Garcia was previously arrested in East Harlem on February 7, 2019 for attempted murder, police said.
The arrest follows an August 2016 shooting death of a man at East 119th Street and Lexington Avenue in Manhattan, police sources said. The victim lived.
The case is still ongoing, but web records show that Garcia was in the case until at least April 21.
The circumstances of his release were unknown as of Monday morning. The Manhattan Attorney’s Office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
East Harlem’s violent Chico gang was brought down in a joint police-prosecutor investigation last year, according to police sources.
Garcia’s last known address is in Coney Island, Brooklyn, police officers said.
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