A teen police say was behind the tragic 2019 shooting of 14-year-old Aamir Griffin has been arrested by authorities in California and is awaiting extradition back to New York City, a high-ranking official tells News 4.
News broke early Friday morning that the 18-year-old suspect, Sean Brown, had been picked up earlier in the week by Los Angeles officials. It's not yet known how long the Queens suspect has been outside of the state.
The Post reported Brown was arrested in Los Angeles County on Monday and is awaiting extradition back to New York where he will be charged. He was expected to make a court appearance Friday morning.
Police officers had found Griffin on Oct. 26, 2019, with a gunshot wound at the basketball court at the Baisley Park Houses just after 8 p.m. Detectives had told News 4 that they did not believe the boy was the intended target.
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Days later the NYPD released surveillance video of two persons of interest wanted in connection with the South Jamaica homicide. Both parties captured on video were believed to be teens themselves.
An official motive behind the shooting was never released but detectives had long suspected the incident to be gang related.
Brown's arrest comes two months after the Queens community gathered at the very basketball court where Griffin died to honor the 14-year-old with a tournament of the sport he loved so much: basketball.
"I made my first shot ever playing with Aamir," Kamari Edey said at the summer's tournament. "He was really kind, he always help me. He was just my idol."
The South Jamaica community has worked tirelessly to keep Griffin's spirit alive in the almost two years since his death, even completing a renovation of the basketball court where he died with photos of the teen.