Charges Dropped Against Man Arrested in Shooting of 8-Year-Old: NYPD

What to Know

  • An 8-year-old girl was shot in the head by a stray bullet Monday outside a Popeye's in Brooklyn, authorities say
  • Police arrested a 27-year-old man after the shooting, but authorities dropped the charges later on Tuesday
  • The girl was conscious and spoke to officers as they took her to an area hospital; she is listed in stable condition

Charges have been dropped against a man arrested Tuesday after a girl was shot in the back of the head outside a fast food restaurant in Brooklyn.

Authorities said Tuesday night they cuffed the wrong man in the shooting near a Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen at East 83rd Street and Flatlands that put the 8-year-old child in the hospital Monday evening.

It's not clear what led police to charge the man with attempted murder and other charges, or why the charges were later dropped. Police said they're looking for six people in the shooting. 

Police said the shooting stemmed from an argument at the fast food restaurant about 5:30 p.m. on Monday. At some point, one of the six people pulled out a gun and fired.

That bullet went into the van the girl was riding in and struck her in the back of the head. The girl was conscious when police -- who had been called to the scene before shots were fired -- arrived, and talked while being taken to the hospital. 

Anyone with information about the people involved should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

Contact Us