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Bryant Park shooting victim's mother speaks, suspect arraigned

Darla Miles reports from Kips Bay.
November 12, 2013 3:25:29 PM PST
The teenager accused of opening fire on the crowded ice skating rink at Bryant Park was arraigned on criminal charges early Tuesday.

A judge ordered 16-year-old Corey Dunton to remain in custody on attempted murder and other charges.

Police say he pulled out a gun after trying to steal a pricey coat from 20-year-old Javier Contreras at the rink.

Contreras was shot in the leg, while 14-year-old Adonis Mera, an innocent bystander skating on the ice, was shot in the back and may be paralyzed.

Dunton is charged as an adult with attempted murder, assault, reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon.

The incident happened just after 11 p.m. Saturday, when police say Dunton tried to steal the popular "Biggie" Marmot Mammoth parka, which retails for about $700.

"The shooter calls him over to the side," NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said. "He actually clears people away from the line of fire, and he fires a total of eight shots at the individual."

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

Arisleny Martinez says the teen who shot her 14-year-old son Adonis Mera should get the maximum.

16-year-old Corey Dunton cursed and yelled out racial slurs as he left a Manhattan police precinct Monday night, all while Martinez's youngest son is lying in a hospital bed at Bellevue, wondering if he will ever walk again.

"He's more stable. He's moving his legs a little bit. But he's much more stable," Martinez said.

Mera was at Bryant Park Saturday night, when police say he was hit by a stray bullet in the back.

Martinez calls the ordeal a horror for any mother. Eyewitness News asked her how she's doing.

"Because I have a son who was an athlete, he would only go from home to school to basketball practice and on the weekend he would go to the skating rink," Martinez said.

Martinez says the whole family is depressed. She and her other two sons left their East Harlem apartment to visit Mera Tuesday afternoon.

Even though he's moving he legs at this time, this is what she says the doctors say about him walking again.

"There are possibilities. There are possibilities he will and that he will not. It's all up to God," Martinez said.


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