Thirty-two alleged members of two rival street gangs known as WOOO and CHOO are charged in four indictments, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez and New York City Police Commissioner Keechant L. Sewell, announced Nov. 15.
These charges include second- and fourth-degree conspiracy, second-degree murder, second-degree attempted murder, attempted first-degree assault, second-degree assault, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and first-degree reckless endangerment.
There are a total of 106 counts in the indictments against 32 defendants — 13 alleged WOOO members and 19 alleged CHOO members.
The indictments include charges related to 19 shootings that resulted in 14 victims, including two who died due to their injuries. Innocent bystanders, including a 3-year-old girl, were wounded in the charged shooting incidents.
“With this successful takedown, we aim to incapacitate two violent gangs that have terrorized parts of Brownsville for too long. Their senseless and indiscriminate gun violence upended the sense of safety for many residents and wounded a number of innocent bystanders, including a 3-year-old-girl who was leaving her daycare center,” Gonzalez said.
“We will never allow this type of criminal activity to go unimpeded and will work closely with the NYPD to build strong cases that will ensure that these alleged offenders are held accountable, and our communities are kept safe — like we’ve done in this case.”
Gonzalez said the indictments result from a long-term investigation by the District Attorney’s Violent Criminal Enterprises Bureau and the Gun Violence Suppression Division that started in the spring of 2020 and extended until November of 2022.
During the conspiracy period covered in the indictments, there were 27 incidents, including two homicides and 17 non-fatal shootings that wounded 14 people. Over 25 different firearms were used in these acts of violence and 27 firearms were recovered during the course of the investigation.
“Among the highest priorities for the NYPD and our law enforcement partners is focusing our resources on the relatively few people responsible for the majority of the crime and violence in New York City,” Sewell said.
“Today’s charges highlight our commitment to identifying, arresting, and prosecuting anyone who takes part in illegal gang activities. I thank and commend the members of the NYPD’s Gun Violence Suppression Division and the entire Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office for their dedicated efforts on this important case.”
Alleged WOOO members charged are: Errol Everett, 36; Elijah Griffith, 23; Dionte Gibb, 24; Baramus Temple, 23; Lawrence Cook, 22; George Rosario, 23; Jared Lambson, 18; Avante Stephen, 22; Tyler Hodges, 19; Christian Graham, 20; Denus Sanders, 24; Davvion Thompson, 23; Travon Murphy, 22.
Alleged CHOO members charged are: Pernell Brown, 21; Roleke Green, 20; Jaylen Clark, 21; Juvaun Delfyette, 19; Paul Moore, 22; Lamont Lockett, 19; Isaiah Feliciano, 22; Jaylen Ortiz, 18; Daleek Habersham, 23; Princess Chambers, 22; Corey Henry, 20; Anthony McCrae, 24; Bryan Rodriguez, 21; Shakur Bartley, 25; Levi Alexis, 21; Franklin McClain, 20; Deandru Jones, 23; Jaevon King, 21; Joel Mentore, 19.