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Man Arrested in Bedford-Stuyvesant Teen's Shooting Death: Police

The teen was found outside a Fulton Street building with gunshot wounds to his chest and head

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    An 18-year-old Brooklyn man has been arrested in the shooting death of a popular teenager outside a nightclub in July, police say. Checkey Beckford reports.

    An 18-year-old Brooklyn man has been arrested in the shooting death of a popular teenager outside a nightclub in July, police say.

    Claude Ward is accused of gunning down 17-year-old Kamau Chandler outside a Fulton Street building in Bedford-Stuyvesant on July 27, according to the NYPD. Investigators said the shooting stemmed from an altercation inside a nightclub, where Ward and Chandler apparently exchanged threatening looks. 

    Police found Chandler, a high school senior who hoped to be an architect, outside the building with two gunshot wounds to his head and one to his chest. He was taken to Interfaith Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

    "I'm heartbroken, because he was young and he didn't have to go like that," said his sister, Mya Handy.

    Ward was arrested Tuesday after multiple witnesses came forward, according to police. The man was identified as the shooter in a police lineup.

    Ashanti Walton, one of Chandler's friends, said the 17-year-old's legacy helped lead to an arrest.

    "A lot of people had love for Kamau," Walton said. "A lot of people wanted to be around him."

    Ward is charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon.

    It's not immediately known whether Ward has an attorney.