Inmate Charged in Bronx Teen's Stay Bullet Shooting

Man allegedly ordered botched assassination that led to 15-year-old's shooting

Saturday, Jun 5, 2010  |  Updated 12:15 PM EDT
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Inmate Charged in Bronx Teen's Stay Bullet Shooting

A New York City jail inmate has been charged with ordering a botched assassination that led to the stray-bullet shooting of a teenage girl.

Darrell Joe was charged with conspiracy Friday. He is among 38 men charged in gang crackdown.

Bronx prosecutors say Joe was indirectly responsible for the November shooting of 15-year-old Vada Vasquez, of the Bronx, who is still recovering from a head wound.

Investigators say Joe tried to exact vengeance in a jailhouse dispute by ordering fellow gangsters to kill a rival's brother.

The assassin opened fire on a Bronx street. He wounded his target, but a stray shot hit Vasquez as she walked home from school.

Joe already faces attempted murder charges in an unrelated case. His lawyer's name was not immediately available.

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