Police have arrested a 19-year-old Brooklyn man in connection with last week's shooting of a 14-year-old girl as she walked home from school.
Rashawn Williams was charged Wednesday with two counts of assault, criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment. Police believe he is the suspect captured on surveillance tape running through a gas station in East New York and firing three to four shots in the direction of the girl.
The bullet had hit the girl just above the knee. She did not see a shooter or witness any altercation before the shot was fired, her parents said.
The girl's parents told reporters after the shooting Friday night that their daughter was waiting for the light to change to cross the street when she suddenly felt a pain in her leg and realized she'd been shot.
"I didn't expect this, but thank God she's OK," said the girl's mother, Charisse Tucker.
The victim is a straight-A student at Benjamin Banneker School, where she is a freshman, according to her parents. The girl loves to draw and wants to design clothes, they said.
The family did not want their daughter identified out of fear of retaliation.
Information on an attorney for Williams wasn't immediately available.