Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Bronx: A black teenager has been arraigned on murder and attempted murder charges in connection with the shooting death of a 4-year-old
African-American 17-year-old Rondell Pinkerton faced a judge, three days after he shot and killed a 4-year-old boy. The Bronx DA's office said that Pinkerton admitted to police that he fired a .45 caliber handgun. In a confession, he told police that he was handed the gun as he walked towards the basketball courts at the Forest Houses. He claims that 26-year-old Courtney Kelly shot at him, so he returned fire. The criminal complaint says that Pinkerton shot Kelly in the body, shot another person in the arm and killed 4-year-old Lloyd Morgan. Morgan, who was in the public park in Morissania at the time, died from a bullet wound to the head. Now, friends, family and neighbors are lighting candles and leaving tributes to the child. The tragic death of Lloyd Morgan actually came while area residents were honoring the victim of another violent killing with a basketball tournament. Troynisha Harris was stabbed to death in Morrisania two years ago and sources say that the second suspect in this case, Courtney Kelly was the organizer of the tournament. The 18-year-old stabbing victim was his sister. Kelly, now hospitalized, faces charges of criminal possession of a weapon.