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Teen Confesses to Fatally Shooting Brooklyn Mom: Cops

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

An image of Zurana Horton, in the lobby of her apartment building (WNYC/Arun Venugopal)

A teen was arrested in connection to the shooting death of a Brooklyn mother outside a Brownsville school last week in what police said was a gang-related incident.

Andrew Lopez, 18, confessed to firing the fatal shot that felled Zurana Horton, 34, a mother of 12, from a rooftop last Friday, police said.

"He's made statements that he fired his weapon from the rooftop that resulted in the death of the woman who was protecting those three young children in front of the supermarket," Kelly told reporters at an unrelated press conference.

Horton was picking up her child from school when a gunman opened fire.She used her body to shield children from the gunfire, in the process receiving bullet wounds in her chest and other parts of her body.

An 11-year old and a 31-year-old woman were also wounded.

Lopez has been charged with murder, two counts of felony assault and criminal possession of a handgun, police said.  The teen was allegedly shooting at members from a rival gang, police said.

Two of Lopez’s  brothers — 22-year-old Jonathan Carrasquillo and 17-year-old Kristian Lopez — were also arrested in connection to the slaying. 

Police said the shooting was the culmination a running dispute between Lopez’s  neighborhood gang that went by the name 8 Block and a near by gang from the nearby Howard Housing projects. 

"She just took it upon herself to shield all the kids," said neighbor Tony Kearney earlier this week. "That's just the kind of person that she is. She'd give herself before anything."

On Tuesday, Horton's mother, Denice Pierce, said she would be taking care of seven of the children. The five other kids would be taken care of by their father, who didn't live with Horton. Rev. Al Sharpton said Horton was hero and that her death demanded a renewed emphasis on ending gun violence.

With reporting from Arun Venugopal

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Comments [6]

Ka

Does no one see a connection between a woman of 34 having 12 children and the existence of young children who think nothing of joining gangs, that it's OK to get guns and shoot people?
The murdered woman tried to save other children, and that was "heroic," but what will happen to her many children? I don't know the details of the shooter's family, but he was young, unsupervised, armed and cruel and possibly one of too many children for his parents to cope with. It's nice of Al Sharpton to praise the victim's act to save the children around her, but will he speak out about the causes of her death?

Oct. 26 2011 12:17 PM
Mathew 10031 from NYC

How can this be possible?

That area has
* the nation's toughest gun control, (tie with Washington, D.c)
* public housing
* social programs of every kind from every source
* coolness -- no corporate cubicle drones here!
* liberated consciousness, courtesy of drugs
* female empowerment - single mommas don't need no stinkin' men!
* code of silence - don't snitch to the white patriarchy, keep your guns!

## Hat tip to the ACLU, who preceded a gun search/amnesty program by the DC PD by going through the neigborhood with bullhorns, urging parents not to let cops find their kid's guns. Here in NYC we have a better system - don't go and look where you know the illegal guns are.

Remember folks, don't snitch and don't dis the crew!

Oct. 26 2011 12:01 PM
Steven from Brooklyn

I don't think that people who are against "stop and frisk" really know what they're talking about.

It is simply about a police officer's legal prerogative to run his hands over the outer garments of a person he has stopped in connection with a criminal investigation in order to ensure that the person doesn't have a weapon that could harm her, or others.

In areas where teens shoot at teens from rooftops, with kids nearby, killing their mother, the police should probably frisk everyone they interact with during a criminal investigation to ensure they're safe and to bring the tension of the interaction down a notch.

I worry that one day we'll get the city that these anti-cop protestors want. I've been there. It's the NYC of the 70's, 80's and early 90's. When it comes back, they can have it. I'm leaving.

Oct. 26 2011 11:43 AM
JEZ from 10039

Obviously stop and frisk didn't prevent this. And what about the police officers who sell guns on the streets they're supposed to be protecting.
I wouldn't place blame on the entire NYPD for the actions of those gun-selling cops, and neither should an entire neighborhood be perpetually placed under suspicion bc there are fools like these 3 brothers shooting off of roofs.
That'd be a lazy conclusion to make, and stop and frisk is lazy police work.

Oct. 26 2011 10:34 AM
Kate from Washington Heights

@John - Of course, if all of us were frisked every day each time we left our homes, we would all be safer... from guns. Guns are not the only threat to fear.

Oct. 26 2011 10:33 AM
john from office

Interesting that this shooting was on the same day of the anti Stop and Frisk rally. But no one seems to make the conection. The policy takes guns off the streets, making high crime areas safer.

Oct. 26 2011 07:49 AM

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