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Arrest in Brighton Beach boardwalk shooting

Tysha Jones, 16, was shot to death on the boardwalk at Brighton Beach on Thursday, June 9, 2011.
June 13, 2011 2:20:10 PM PDT
Police have arrested a suspect in the murder of a 16-year-old girl and wounding of four others last week on the boardwalk at Brighton Beach.The suspect, 19-year-old Iloune Driver, is facing murder and assault charges.

Investigators are still seeking a second suspect four days after Tysha Jones, 16, was murdered during a fun day at the beach.

In amateur video, there are glimpses people rushing to Jones' aid. She was one of five people shot on Brighton BeachThursday evening. Police says the five victims were sitting on a bench near Brighton 6th Street, when the shooting started.

Jones was struck in her armpit and later died at Coney Island hospital.

"The first shots, everyone ran," one witness said. "Everybody was running the opposite way and throwing themselves on the floor and completely going insane."

Police called a level two mobilization, rushing additional officers in from across Brooklyn and Staten Island.

"We didn't know whether to run or to stay," another witness said.

"There were rumors that it was firecrackers, but we saw the man fall," that witness' friend added.

Five .380-caliber shells were recovered from the scene and are being processed, police said.

Detectives do not believe the shooting was a gang retaliation. One of the shooting victims had been involved in a dispute on the beach in which he was hit on the head with a bottle, officials said.


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