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Man Charged With Brooklyn Drive-By Shooting

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A 19-year-old man is being charged with attempted murder in connection with a drive-by shooting in Brownsville, Brooklyn this past weekend that injured six people, including a toddler and two teenagers.

Lawand Tinsley also faces charges of assault and criminal weapons possession.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said Tinsley made statements implicating himself.

Authorities say several people opened fire at the corner of Rockaway Avenue and Riverdale Avenue on Sunday.

All six victims, including two-year-old Ariyanna Prince and 13-year-old Kentrell Simpson, are now out of the hospital.

Police say the shooting was gang-related and sources tell NY1 one of the victims, a 17-year-old gang member, was the intended target.

This teenager told police that when he left the bodega, sources say he saw three men walking towards him, including one with a gun.

When he reached the intersection, sources say he saw a white Volkswagen Jetta drive up and a person in the car opened fire.

On Friday evening, Brownsville leaders and anti-gun violence advocates held a press conference commending the NYPD for working with the community to find one of the alleged shooters.

"There was a white vehicle that police said was possibly used in the incident was in video surveillance, a video camera on a store," said Brooklyn Senator Eric Adams.

"People are now picking up the phone and making the phones calls to say enough is enough. We want these guns off the streets," said Tony Herbert of Advocates Without Borders.

Police expected to make more arrests as the investigation continued.

Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

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