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2005-01-13 / Front Page


By Charles Rogers

Numbered cards indicate where police found shell casings from a fusillade of bullets fired outside the Ambiance night club on Avenue L just before dawn Sunday morning. One man, a GI on leave from Iraq, was fatally shot, and his younger brother wounded./CAPTION> Two days after he allegedly killed a soldier on leave from Iraq and wounded the GI’s brother, a suspect surrendered at the 69th Precinct station house on Foster Avenue early Tuesday.

Joseph Carrington, 23, of Martense Street, Brooklyn, walked into the pre-cinct with his lawyer and gave himself up after fleeing from in front of the Ambiance Caribbean Restaurant and Bar at 9413 Avenue L after the shooting, which occurred at about 5:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Police issued this photo of suspect who surrendered at 69th Precinct on Tuesday in connection with shooting outside Avenue L nightclub early Sunday morning. Police say Carrington shot Staff Ser-geant Terrence Balkissoon, 25, twice in the head and his brother, Lawrence, 24, multiple times.

The soldier was taken to Brookdale Hospital, where he passed away shortly after arriving. His brother was taken to Kings County Hospital, where he was treated for six gunshot wounds then listed in stable condition, police said.

An NYPDCrime Scene Unit officer dusts an exterior door of the Ambiance nightclub for fingerprints following a shooting there on Sunday. Seth Gottfried The deceased soldier was to have returned to Iraq duty later this week, according to sources. He had come home to his mother’s house in East Flatbush on a surprise leave two days after Christmas after having served in Iraq for more than ten months.

Balkissoon and his brother were celebrating at the club when an argument with two women ensued, according to Lieutenant Dennis McCreight, who heads the 69th Precinct Detective Squad.

One of the women called Carrington, who arrived on the scene and allegedly pulled out a gun and started firing, first at Terrence, after chasing him into the entrance to Ambiance, then at Lawrence, just outside the door.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Carrington has a record and had previously been charged with weapons possession.

After surrendering at the Canarsie station house, Carrington was charged with second degree murder, attempted murder, first degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon, a .40 caliber automatic.

After the slaying a manhunt was conducted throughout East Flatbush, Canarsie and surrounding neighborhoods, as detectives canvassed the areas.

Crime Stoppers had issued a reward of $2,000 for information leading to a capture and arrest.

Sergeant Balkissoon, who was as-signed to the 1st Infantry Division, will be buried with full military honors, according to sources.

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