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Suspect in Brooklyn festival mass shooting pleads not guilty

Posted at 3:44 PM, Nov 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-18 15:45:16-05

BROWNSVILLE, Brooklyn — A man suspected of killing a gang rival in a gunfight at a Brooklyn community festival has been ordered jailed without bail after pleading not guilty to murder and other charges.

Kyle Williams was arraigned Monday, a month after his arrest. At issue in the case will be that police say he confessed to being one of two people who opened fire in July at the Brownsville neighborhood’s annual Old Timers Day celebration.

Police say Williams is an admitted gang member and that he confessed to killing Bloods rival Jason Pagan amid a verbal dispute.

That shooting led to a hail of gunfire that wounded 11 people. Police say they’ve identified a second suspect.

Williams, who’s due back in court on Jan. 15, could face life in prison if convicted.

His attorney declined to comment.

“A beloved community celebration held peacefully and joyously became chaotic and tragic when this defendant allegedly opened fire in the middle of a crowd. Senseless gun violence that puts innocent people in harm’s way has destroyed too many lives and will not be tolerated in Brooklyn,” District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said. “We will now seek to bring justice to all of the people who were impacted by this defendant’s brazen conduct.”