One of three men wanted in a shooting that left 11 people wounded and put a 14-year-old girl in a wheelchair for the rest of her life in 2011 has been arrested in North Carolina and is awaiting extradition to New York City.
Tyrone Miller, 22, was arrested on a fugitive warrant on Tuesday, according to a statement released by the office of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.
Upon his return he will be charged with 11 counts of second-degree attempted murder, 11 counts of second-degree assault and two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
He faces up to 25 years in prison on each of the attempted murder charges, and Brown appears to be in no mood for leniency.
“The defendant is accused of taking mindless gun violence to new heights by deliberately firing into a backyard filled with young partygoers and wounding nearly a dozen innocent people — including a young girl now confined to a wheelchair because of his alleged actions,” Brown said. “This case will be vigorously prosecuted.”
According to the complaint, Miller was attending a barbecue at a home on Inwood Road in Jamaica on Aug. 27, 2011 when he became involved in a dispute with another individual.
He allegedly said “I’ll be back,” before leaving.
Witnesses said that about 10 minutes later Miller came back with two other individuals, who have not been apprehended, and that all three began firing into the crowd with pistols.
Eleven people required treatment for gunshot wounds at area hospitals.
Lenaesha Cheatham, 14, had her spinal cord severed by two bullets, leaving her paralysed from the waist down.
Detectives from the NYPD’s 113th Precinct led the investigation. Miller was apprehended by a combined task force of officers and agents from the NYPD, the U.S. Marshals Violent Offender Task Force and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.