The Police Called the NYC Man Charged with Killing 2 in a Shooting Spree a ‘Well-Known’ Gang Member’-He was Arrested 12 Times Earlier

New York City police claimed at a press conference on Tuesday that the guy they detained in connection with a shooting spree that left two dead and a third injured was a “well-known” gang member who had been arrested at least 12 times in the preceding decade.

After a 24-hour killing spree that claimed the lives of a 17-year-old girl in Crown Heights and a 21-year-old male in Lower Manhattan, Sundance Oliver, 28, was arrested on Tuesday morning. Oliver is also accused of shooting and wounding a 96-year-old bystander during the robbery attempt.

The violence affected the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Manhattan, and an extensive search was launched to find the perpetrator. James Essig, the NYPD’s chief of detectives, stated at a press conference on Tuesday that Oliver is a “well-known” gang member with an extensive criminal history.

On the afternoon of November 21, 2022, Oliver and four other people are suspected of participating in an armed robbery. Essig said the suspects attacked a man and made off with around $4,450 in U.S. dollars. The theft occurred on November 21, and on December 3, 2022, Oliver was positively identified by police.

In an incident on Friday, December 2, at around 6:00 p.m., police detained a guy named Brandon Hampton and charged him with reckless endangerment for allegedly shooting from a moving vehicle. According to Essig, detectives suspect Oliver and Hampton were riding together in that car.

Detectives suspect Oliver and Hampton were riding together in that car

According to Essig, Oliver punched his girlfriend in the face during an argument they had on Saturday, December 3, in the Bronx, injuring her. Oliver brandished a firearm at his intended victim in front of a bodega on 444 Ralph Ave in Brooklyn the following day.

Essig claimed that Oliver fired two shots as the victim rushed into the Bodega. At that point, Oliver allegedly took over the cash register and made off with $3,560. Essig stated that two 9mm bullet casings were found at the location by police.

Essig claims that at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Oliver contacted Hampton’s claimed girlfriend and wanted $50. After the woman ran off, Oliver opened fire, hitting a 96-year-old man in the right leg. One 9mm shell casing was located by police.

One of the residents of the Smith public housing development at 15 St. James Place, a 20-year-old guy, was shot and died later that afternoon in his flat. According to Essig, witnesses identified Oliver as the perpetrator. At the location, seven 9mm shot casings were found.

A female teenager, aged 17, was fatally shot at 719 Kingsborough 7 Walk shortly after midnight on March 1. Essig claimed that eyewitnesses had positively identified Oliver as the culprit. Two 9mm bullet casings were located by police.

Oliver is a member of a robbery ring with 12 prior convictions

Essig claimed that Oliver is “well-known” to law enforcement in the Kingsborough area because he is a member of a robbery ring with 12 prior convictions. A number of charges, including aggravated harassment, resisting arrest, and unauthorised vehicle use, led to his apprehension in 2013.

For illegally possessing a firearm, Oliver was detained in 2012. His gang assault arrest occurred in 2010. Essig claims that Oliver became “very violent and furious” and destroyed property after being arrested on Tuesday and taken to a 77th Precinct detention cell. Paramedics were able to take him down, and he’s being checked out at Kings County Hospital right now.

There are three counts of second-degree robbery against Oliver: one for the robbery on November 21, 2022; one for the robbery of the Bodega on December 4; and one for the robbery of the female on December 5. The 96-year-old man he shot in the leg is accusing him of attempted murder.

As detectives continued to look into the matter, Essig indicated that other charges might be forthcoming. There was some confusion as to whether or not Oliver had hired a counsel to represent him.


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