CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn (PIX11) — An alleged shooting suspect wanted in connection to three attacks in Brooklyn and Manhattan — two of them fatal — surrendered early Tuesday amid an intense manhunt, police said.
Sundance Oliver, 28, turned himself in at the NYPD’s 77th Precinct stationhouse in Crown Heights, according to authorities. His surrender came hours after NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell said cops had “blanketed” the city in a bid to stop his alleged spree of violence.
In what proved to be the final incident, Oliver allegedly shot a 17-year-old girl in the chest inside NYCHA’s Kingsborough Houses, Sewell said in a press briefing on the “dynamic and active investigation” prior to the surrender. That girl, whose identity was not immediately released, was rushed to an area hospital after the shooting around midnight, but could not be saved.
That slaying marked the third shooting attributed by police to Oliver in the span of less than 15 hours, sending investigators into an exhaustive search.
“The NYPD is on high alert,” said Sewell. “We have blanketed the city with our Special Operations, Detective, Patrol, Transit and Housing bureaus.”
The spate of incidents began around 9:30 a.m. Monday when Oliver allegedly tried to rob a 39-year-old woman at gunpoint in a courtyard of the Kingsborough Houses, according to authorities. During the stick-up, Oliver allegedly fired off a round, police said. That shot missed the woman, but struck a 96-year-old man waiting at a bus stop near Rochester Avenue in the right ankle, officials said.
First responders brought the man, who uses a wheelchair, to an area hospital, where he was listed in what authorities described as stable condition. The attempted robbery victim, who knew Oliver, was not harmed and did not lose any of her possessions, officials said. Oliver allegedly fled on foot.
A little over five hours after the first incident, Oliver allegedly shot a 21-year-old man in the chest on the sixth floor of a building in the Alfred E. Smith Houses on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, police said. First responders brought that man to an area hospital, but he could not be saved. His identity had not been released as of early Tuesday.
“Based on evidence collected at all three crime scenes and a number of investigative steps, it has been determined that the shooter is the same in all three of these incidents,” said Sewell in the Tuesday briefing.
Speaking in the same briefing, NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig said that police believe the two homicide victims to be “associates” of Oliver. Essig added that Oliver is “very well-known” to the department, with 12 prior arrests, including for robbery, criminal possession of a weapon, and menacing. The court disposition of those cases was not immediately disclosed, but Essig said that Oliver is currently on parole in one of the robbery incidents.
Oliver was described by Sewell as “armed and extremely dangerous.” He’s described as about 6-foot-2 with a slim build. He has a number of tattoos, including the letters “M” and “G” below his right eye, and a green rose on the right side of his neck with the words “Rich Forever” above it, Sewell said.
Oliver brought an end to his own alleged crime spree when he showed up alone and unarmed at the 77th Precinct stationhouse on Utica Avenue around 7 a.m., police said. Officers outside recognized him and quickly took him into custody, officials said.
About two hours later, he was taken to an area hospital for a medical evaluation after causing a ruckus at the stationhouse, authorities said. It was not immediately clear whether he made any statements while in custody, or whether he had a lawyer to speak on his behalf.
Sewell said in a tweet that charges against Oliver were expected to be filed.
“UPDATE: Homicide suspect, Sundance Oliver, is in custody with charges pending. At this time, there are NO outstanding suspects. The investigation into these shootings remains ongoing by NYPD detectives. THANK YOU to everyone who shared our messages seeking information,” the commissioner wrote.