BROOKLYN (PIX11) -- An arrest has been made in the shooting of a 12-year-old Brownsville boy, officials announced Wednesday.
Levon Gilliam was returning home from school when he was shot in the leg Sept. 22. The boy was caught in the middle of a shootout between two men and rushed to Kings County Hospital.
Gilliam was able to leave the hospital in crutches the same day, as NYPD officers searched for the gunmen. Two days after the shooting, Tony Herbert, Founder of the Advocates Without Borders Network, announced the perp was waiting to be charged at the 73rd Precinct in Brooklyn.
The individual was identified as Esau Johnson, 22, of Brooklyn. He was charged with assault felony, criminal possession of a weapon 2, reckless endangerment 1 and act in a manner injurious to a child younger than 17.
"We all hope he will spend a very long time in jail to ponder the stupid mistake he has made and how he could of killed this young man acting with an illegal weapon," Herbert said.
Herbert went on to applaud the NYPD and their detectives for the speedy apprehension of the suspect. The community activist also be working with Gilliam and his family for a safety transfer out of the neighborhood.
"To all shooters, if you shoot, hurt or kill women, children or our elders in here in NYC, you will be caught and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," Herbert said.