Bushwick Man Pays Price for Brownsville Shooting

Emptied Gun At Victim During Beef

A 34-year-old Bushwick man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison following his conviction earlier this month on assault and other charges in connection with a point-blank shooting that left his 19-year-old victim permanently injured.

Kings County District Attorney Kenneth P. Thompson said that the defendant, Jamahl Clarke, 34, of Covert Street was sentenced last Tuesday, June 24, to 20 years in prison by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun following his conviction on charges of first-degree assault and two counts of seconddegree criminal possession of a weapon.

Clarke was convicted on June 10 following a jury trial.

“It is outrageous that this defendant emptied his handgun into another young man on a residential street in broad daylight,” Thompson said in a statement last Tuesday. “Today’s sentence is appropriate to both punish this defendant and to protect the law-abiding and hardworking people of Brownsville from such blatant acts of violence.”

According to trial testimony, the assault occurred on Jan. 30, 2013, at 1 p.m., on Chauncey Street in Brownsville, when Clarke and the 19-year-old male victim, who had an ongoing dispute, got into an argument.

As the victim walked away, according to testimony, Clarke ran into a Chauncey Street location and got a .38-caliber revolver. He then pistol-whipped the victim about the head, causing him to fall to the ground.

As the victim was lying on the ground, face up, he saw Clarke standing over him with the gun. Clarke then fired the weapon six times, striking the male in the elbow, hip, shoulder, thigh, back and finger.

Reportedly, Clarke continued to pull the trigger, and when the victim heard clicks signaling that the gun was indeed empty, he dragged himself away. He suffered permanent nerve damage to his arm from multiple shots to his elbow. He now has limited use of his arm and cannot hold anything heavy.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Kori Medow of the District Attorney’s Orange Zone Trial Bureau, under the supervision of Thomas Ridges, bureau chief.

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