Arrests made in East Williamsburg shooting that killed man, hurt school-bound girl

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EAST WILLIAMSBURG, Brooklyn – Two suspects, including an alleged gunman, have been arrested in connection with a triple shooting in East Williamsburg that left a man dead and injured a 13-year-old girl on her way to school, police said Thursday.

Bryan Aponte, 20, of Brooklyn, faces one count of second-degree murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon, NYPD said. Ryan Cruzado, 18, of Brooklyn, faces a charge of hindering prosecution, officials said.

Their arrests come three weeks after gunfire broke out on an East Williamsburg street the morning of Oct. 6. It was just before 8 a.m. when someone began shooting near Knickerbocker Avenue and Grattan Street, police said.

Officers arrived to find a 53-year-old Michael Matusiak dead between two cars. Matusiak, who was shot in the upper torso, was at the second day of his new job as a metal worker.

Two others were hurt: a 13-year-old girl suffered a graze wound to her left hip, and a 57-year-old man was grazed by bullet on his right torso, according to NYPD. Both victims were taken to a hospital and listed in stable condition.

In the days after Matusiak’s death, police released a photo, video and the name of a suspect – Aponte – who they believed was responsible for the slaying.