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Teen With Scholarship Shot in Chest at Williamsburg Deli: Police

The 18-year-old man, whose cousin said has a scholarship to a school in Boston, was shot three times

What to Know

  • Two men, an 18-year-old and a 46-year-old, were shot at a Brooklyn deli Tuesday night, police say
  • A cousin to the teenager said he had a two-year scholarship to a school in Boston and was just a month away from leaving
  • Authorities said they are looking for at least two suspects, however, the motive remains unclear

An 18-year-old a month away from attending college in Boston on scholarship was among two men shot and wounded at a deli in Brooklyn, family members told News 4. 

The man, identified by a cousin as Jordan Byrdsell, was shot three times in the chest while he was out getting a few items at the D&G Deli Grocery in Williamsburg about 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Another man, a 46-year-old, was grazed by a bullet in the back inside the deli on Division Avenue in Williamsburg, according to officials.

The motive to the shooting wasn’t clear Wednesday morning, but police do not believe there was a robbery involved. They say they are looking for at least two suspects.

Footage from the deli shows two men in ski masks walk into the store and exchange words with Byrdsell. One of the men then pulls out a gun and shoots the teen in the chest.

Byrdsell was taken to an area hospital and is listed in critical condition, authorities said. The other victim is in stable condition.

Cousin Kimberly Wilson said she sent Byrdsell to the store to buy some groceries, but when he didn’t come back she discovered what had happened.

"He didn't come back in time so my little cousin came out looking for him," Wilson said. "He saw him laying down in the store and he ran back and got us." 

Wilson said Byrdsell is not from the area and didn't know the suspects who shot him.

Anyone with information on the shooting should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

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