BROWNSVILLE, Brooklyn — Police made an arrest Thursday in the September 2017 shooting of a pregnant teen, officials said.
Tatiana Sparks, who was 19 at the time, was shot twice in the head outside her Brownsville apartment by a man in a silver Nissan Altima. She was five months pregnant at the time. Bullet fragments had to be removed from her skull. She and her baby survived.
The driver sped off from the scene after the shooting, according to the criminal complaint.
The baby came home from the hospital about a month ago after he was born.
“She was an innocent victim,” Sparks’ mother previously told PIX11. “She is a miracle. Her son is a miracle too.”
In the time since the 2017 shooting, NYPD Detectives canvassed the neighborhood for surveillance video. Cameras captured Steven Bynum, now 37, getting into the car, driving around the neighborhood and circling the block of the shooting. Surveillance video also shows the car fleeing the scene and pulling in front of a bus equipped with a camera, which captured the license plate information.
The car was from an Enterprise Rent-A-Car, according to the criminal complaint. It was rented on August 28, 2017 and was returned about three hours after the Sept. 10 shooting.
Cameras near the rental location showed a man who appears to be Bynum.
A cooperating witness told police they knew Bynum, prosecutors said. The witness said Bynum was trying to kill someone else and the Sparks was a bystander. Bynum allegedly had some kind of altercation over drugs with the intended target.
“As alleged in the complaint, Bynum showed no regard for human life when he opened fire in the middle of the day on a group of people standing on Dean Street in Brooklyn, severely wounding a pregnant bystander,” said United States Attorney Richard Donoghue.
Bynum was scheduled to appear in Brooklyn Federal Court on Thursday.