Police identify teen killed in gang-related shooting in Brooklyn

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DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN -- Cops have identified the 16-year-old boy shot and killed outside an Applebee's in downtown Brooklyn Monday evening.

Armani "Rocky" Hankins, 16, was killed in a gang-related shooting Monday night, police say. (Photo: Facebook)

Armani "Rocky" Hankins, 16, was killed in a gang-related shooting Monday night, police say. (Photo: Facebook)

Armani "Rocky" Hankin from Queens was gunned down after a dispute broke out in the vicinity of Flatbush Avenue Extension and Dekalb Avenue just after 6 p.m. Monday, according to the NYPD.

Hankin took a bullet to head and was taken to Brooklyn Hospital where he was pronounced dead, police say.

Cops say the motive for the shooting was gang-related.

There is outrage and frustration among Downtown Brooklyn residents who say not enough is being done to stop the violence.

"You don't take somebody's life because you're not God," said Cynthia Watson, concerned mother from Brooklyn. "They do things I would never do."

Watson said Stop and Frisk should be brought back as a solution.

Residents are pushing for police to increase patrols in the area.

"We need security and more police officers here," said Brooklyn resident Tanisha Howard.

Minister Isaac Minkens says that with community checpoint, crime can be stopped before it happens.

Elected officials agree more must be done.

"McDonalds can't be an after school program for our school kids, we need a better plan to protect them and their future," said Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President.

Some of Hankin's friends and family members have posted on social media, mourning his loss.

An 18-year-old man was also shot, suffering gunshot wounds in the left ankle. He was taken to Methodist Hospital where he is in stable condition.

No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.

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