Teen With Five Prior Arrests Charged in Times Square Shooting of US Marine – Report

Lt. Samuel Poulin shot in tourist hotspot when suspect opened fire on rival

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Police in New York City have arrested a teen male suspected of shooting a U.S. Marine in Times Square last week, according to reports.

Avon Darden, a 16-year-old with at least five prior arrests, faces a slew of charges after turning himself in to authorities on Wednesday, a source told the New York Post.

Darden is believed to have opened fire on a rival in the popular tourist destination, instead striking and wounding Lt. Samuel Poulin, an innocent bystander.

“Sources said the broad-daylight gun violence at the Crossroads of the World on June 27 stemmed from an argument with a breakdancer the night before — when the teen apparently walked in front of the performer,” the Post reports.

“The next day, the teen returned to the tourist hub — and the two went at it again, prompting the boy to allegedly pull a gun and open fire, police sources said.”



Darden was charged with multiple counts of attempted murder, assault, reckless endangerment, and criminal possession of a weapon.

Lt. Poulin, a 21-year-old newlywed, was reportedly visiting the Big Apple to sightsee and attend a baptism with his family.

He recently graduated from the The Citadel and accepted his commission into the Marines in May.

Last month, three innocent bystanders — including a 4-year-old girl — were struck by gunfire when alleged shooter Farrakhan Muhammad unleashed a hail of bullets in Times Square during a dispute with his own brother.


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