BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - U.S. Attorney William Hochul announced a federal grand jury in Buffalo has charged 20-year-old Tariq Brown with the May 12, 2012 shooting at MLK Park that left Marquay Lee dead and four others injured.
Two of the injured suffered permanent injuries, one victim is now a paraplegic and another was blinded in one eye.
"It was an Uzi-type weapon into a crowd of families, children. This cowardly, terrorist act," said Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda.
U.S. Attorney William Hochul said, "All of us in law enforcement will simply not allow Tariq Brown or other gang members to turn what should be a play zone into a war zone."
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Brown is allegedly part of the notorious Bailey Boys gang on Buffalo's east side. Brown already stands accused of three other attempted murders, which injured two people.
Edmund Carter, 29, was shot in the back in the shooting spree at MLK Park and was paralyzed from the waist down.
"Can't work now. Got pain all day, every day. Got pain right now from nerves regenerating. Swollen spin, spinal cord," he said.
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Many lives were changed that day, and the former construction worker now spends much of his time at home.
His mother, Edna Carter, said, "Changed our way of life. Don't get out that much now and I have to take care of him."
Derenda says Brown opened fire into the crowd because Brown throught there were rival gang members there. He called the act "senseless" and "cowardly."
The charges carry a mandatory sentence of life in prison, with the possibility of the death penalty.
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