Bryant Park lights up tree; shooter indicted

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BRYANT PARK (PIX 11) —  It was a night to celebrate the holiday season, but this year at the Bryant Park Tree lighting, some said they remembered the shooting victims.

“When I looked at the rink it crossed my mind that just we went ice skating just now, it’s just so random what happened,” said Chris Rebholz, “I’d like to think that maybe we’ve moved past it a little bit.”

Just hours before the tree event on the very same day, prosecutors announced the indictment of 16-year-old Cory Dunton for attempted murder and other charges for the shooting that happened at the rink on November 9th.

Police said Dunton tried to steal a Marmot coat from 20-year-old Javier Contreras that night.

Prosecutors said when Dunton open fired he not only hit Contreras, but also 14-year old Adonis Mera.

Authorities said he may never walk again.

“There’s more security, there was a lot the night of the shooting. It’s just an unfortunate incident with somebody who was out of control,” said Daniel Biederman of the Bryant Park Corporation.

So far this year, according to authorities, there have been 121 victims of shootings in Manhattan alone.

23 of them were 19-years-old or younger.

Daniel Biederman, President of the Bryant Park Corporation told PIX11 News since the shooting they’ve added security, and a lot we can’t see.

According to prosecutors, Dunton allegedly wrote a letter expressing his sympathies and apologies  for the victims. He plead not guilty.

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