East New York Teen Shot

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16-Year-Old Killed In Possible Gang-Related Shooting In East New York

July 16, 2018 - 8:30 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- On the day after friends say he marked his birthday, a 16-year-old boy was killed in a possible gang-related shooting in Brooklyn.

Justin Richey had just walked out of a bodega near Blake Avenue and Pine Street in East New York around 5 p.m. Sunday when a group of men set upon him. They punched him before one pulled a gun and fired.

Richey stumbled half a block and died. Blood stains the sidewalk where Richey took his last breath, WCBS 880's Sean Adams reported.

Friends say Richey was a good kid who did odd jobs to help his family.

"He helped women, he helped old people, he was always helping people. He never asked for nothing. He was just a kid," one friend said.

Police said they're looking into a possible gang connection.

One theory is this could have been retaliation.

The New York Post reports Richey's brother is a member of the Crips gang, and the alleged attackers are Bloods.

No arrests have been made.