FLATBUSH, Brooklyn (PIX11) — A 13-year-old boy shot in the head while at a bus stop remained in the hospital Friday as investigators questioned a person of interest in the case.
Bullets pierced Gamma Droiville’s right eye Monday while the boy was waiting for the bus near Flatbush Avenue and Beverly Road, NYPD said. He was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive, though it is likely he’ll lose sight in his injured eye.
Droiville’s family released photos showing the boy’s recovery. In one image, the 13-year-old is sitting up in his hospital bed, flanked by two uniformed officers and smiling as he holds an honorary law enforcement badge.
“This is an innocent 13-year-old going about his business and now he’ll be scarred for life,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said of the teen while talking with HOT 97 Radio.
“He sounds like an amazing young man. He sounds like somehow he kept his spirits up and he comforted his own family members who were so aggrieved.”
Hours after police identified Kareem Potomont as a person of interest in the case Thursday, tips from the public led investigators to the 21-year-old in a basement apartment in Jamaica, Queens.
Potomont was taken in for questioning but has not been arrested or charged in the shooting.
Anti-crime surveillance cameras captured a gunman wearing a distinct sweatshirt, waving a weapon and running from the scene.
A 24-year-old man, who police believe was the intended target of the shooting, suffered a gunshot wound to the leg. His injuries were considered non-life threatening.
The shooting sparked outrage in the community, with city leaders using strong language to denounce the dangerous daytime attack.
“Your idiocy almost killed somebody,” City Councilman Jumaane D. Williams said, referring to the shooter, at a rally this week held by the National Action Network.
“You are not a man. That was a punk boy move,” Williams added.