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2017-10-12 / Other News

Gang Member Sentenced For Blinding Teen In Broad Daylight Shooting

By Linda Steinmuller

Photo courtesy of SamAkhtar. A Flatbush man will pay for shooting a teenager in the eye - causing him to lose his eyesight - by spending 24 years behind bars. The senseless gun violence, intended for someone else, changed Gama Droiville’s life forever.

On October 3rd, Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced the sentencing of Kareem Potomont, 24, following his conviction of first-degree assault, firstdegree attempted assault, first-degree reckless endangerment and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon (see “Gang Member Convicted In Teen Shooting,” Canarsie Courier, August 10, 2017).

Gonzalez said, “This sentence holds the defendant accountable and should serve as a warning that gun violence such as this will not be tolerated on the streets of Brooklyn.”

According to trial testimony, Potomont opened fire on a rival gang member, Eduardo Dolphy, 24, striking him in the leg. The intended target was treated for his gunshot wound and released, but Droiville, an innocent bystander, wasn’t so lucky. A stray bullet hit the 13-year-old in his right eye while waiting for a bus with his aunt and cousin in the vicinity of Flatbush Avenue and Beverley Road on April 14, 2014 just before noon.

District Attorney’s office Photo courtesy of the Brooklyn The defendant, a Bloods gang member, fled the scene but was captured on videotape firing multiple shots. He was located three days later, hiding in a basement in Jamaica, Queens, and arrested.

Droiville, now 16, was a student at I.S. 285 Meyer Levin in East Flatbush at the time of the horrific shooting. The teen, who was in the wrong place at the wrong time, spent eight days in Kings County Hospital recovering. He also had multiple surgeries and had a prosthetic eye implanted to restore his sight.

“The young victim of this senseless shooting, who bravely endured multiple surgeries and lost an eye, will suffer the consequences of it for the rest of his life,” Gonzalez said.

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