4-year-old struck by stray bullet, two charged in playground death

POSTED: Sunday, July 29, 2012 - 5:00am

UPDATED: Sunday, July 29, 2012 - 5:04am

A teenager faces murder charges in connection with a shooting at a New York City park Sunday night that killed a little boy who got caught in the crossfire.

Rondell Pinkerton, 17, was charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon in the death of 4-year-old Lloyd Morgan, was caught in the crossfire when gunshots erupted in the Forest Houses Park in Morrisania.

Detectives believe the shooting involved four members of one group against an unidentified individual, sources said.

Courtney Kelly, 26, was charged with criminal possession of a weapon.

His role in the shooting wasn't immediately clear. Information on attorneys for either of the suspects wasn't available.

Police speculate at least three, possibly four, different guns were used in the shooting.

Three different types of ammunition were used. Police believe revenge may have been the motive.

The gunfire broke out on a basketball court during a game that was being played as part of a memorial for a victim of violence, a woman who died here more than a year ago, residents said.

Morgan was struck in the head by a stray bullet and pronounced dead at a nearby hospital a short time later.

"My baby is gone," said his mother, Shianne Norman.

Authorities say two other men were also shot.

A 27-year-old was shot in the stomach and a 21-year-old was shot in the arm. Both are expected to survive.

Mayor Bloomberg, who has taken a lead role in calling for stronger gun control, extended his condolences to the child's family, as lawmakers, clergy and residents in the community planned to rally Monday afternoon to call for an end to the violence.

A rash of shootings -- including several in playgrounds and ball courts -- has plagued the city in recent weeks.


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