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Gang Member Sentenced For Shooting Teen In Sheepshead Bay Last Summer

Avenue X and Brown Street, scene of the shooting on July 25, 2016. (Photo via Google Maps)

Yesterday, a Brooklyn gang member was sentenced to 10 years in prison for shooting a teenager in Sheepshead Bay last summer near a playground.

Last July, the 16-year-old victim was standing with friends outside on Avenue X at Brown Street, when Joseph Ackwood, 21, approached on a bicycle and pulled out a .40 caliber firearm from his waistband, chased the victim into the street and fired multiple times, according to investigators.

Ackwood, a member of the Young Stackers street gang, was apprehended a month later. He was released on $25,000 bail following his August arrest. But then, in March 2017, a Brooklyn judge revoked Ackwood’s bail because of red flags raised by a Facebook post — Ackwood allegedly posted two rat emoji’s posted to the page of a potential witness.

Ackwood was sentenced to 10 years in prison and five years’ post-release supervision following his guilty plea to second-degree attempted murder.

Joseph Ackwood (Photo via Brooklyn DA)

“This callous and senseless shooting at a time when children were playing is infuriating,” said Acting District Attorney Eric Gonzalez. “We will continue to vigorously prosecute all instances of gun violence in Brooklyn and seek lengthy prison terms against anyone who fires a weapon on our streets.”

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  1. This is what it comes to…I’ve submitted endless complaints of thugs in my grandkids park frightening the adults with their kids, dealing drugs and smoking dope openly; which the park is also behind a mounted police center and next to a high school…I’ve had them in my face and witnessed their attempts to destroy City property. What do I get? “The City doesn’t have the resources to follow through.” Wouldn’t it be cheaper to nail them before the fact than after they enter the system? Pro-active policing? One afternoon, a mounted Police officer clomped right by them as my hope dwindled to clear this element out…

  2. I grew up near the Nostrand projects and Ave X and Brown St. It was a SAFE place to live. There were NO GANGS/THUGS living among us. It was a decent mix of middle class families. The neighborhood changed when the city brought in Welfare/Section 8 residents. Noticed drug types standing by the bodega. Read about shootings/murders and saw police helicopters flying around to capture a perp. THIS IS SHAMEFUL!!


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