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NYPD eyeing security after Bryant Park shooting

Darla Miles reports from midtown
November 11, 2013 2:35:18 PM PST
New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly says police will assess what security changes might be warranted after a shooting at a popular ice rink in Bryant Park.

"He's doing alright. (What do the doctor's say?) They don't know what's going to happen with him, still they don't know, because his spine is swollen," said Jorge Arias, the victim's brother.

With bullet wound in his back and a swollen spine, a normally very active Adonis Mera is now lying in hospital bed at Bellevue.

"He's on the basketball team, he's a regular kid, doing sports and playing on the computer all day," Arias said.

Eyewitness News obtained video of the chaos following the shooting at Bryant Park, where you can see them rushing to the aid of Mera on the ice.

Police say just after 11 p.m., 16-year-old Corey Dunton tried to steal a coat, the popular "Biggie" Marmot Mammoth parka, from 20-year-old Javier Contreras who was also at the skating rink. The coat retails for about $700.

"The shooter calls him over to the side, he actually clears people away from the line of fire, and he fires a total of eight shots at the individual. Struck a passerby, an innocent victim, not involved with the dispute is struck," Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said.

Contreras was shot in the leg and is expected to make a full recovery.

Dunton has been charged as an adult with attempted murder assault and reckless endangerment. He has several prior arrests, but all of them were prosecuted as a juvenile and the cases sealed.

Sources say one of his Facebook posts while police were at his door waiting to arrest him said, "feds at my door im goin out with a bang!!!!!!! Take my soul."

It was a less dramatic scene for family members who visited Mera Monday afternoon, who say the injured teem is focused on his family.

"He told me not to worry, that he'll be alright," Arias said.

Kelly noted that Bryant Park is generally "a very safe area," despite the gunfire late Saturday on the ice rink behind the New York Public Library.


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