A Hempstead man has been charged with murder in connection with the gang-related shooting of a 16-year-old in Uniondale a year ago, Nassau County police said.
Police identified the suspect as Edar Ventura, 20, of Jerusalem Avenue, and said he was charged with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Alexon Moya.
Moya was shot in the head on Dec. 13, 2016, on Fenimore Avenue and died three days later, police said.
Another man, Jeustin David-Maldonado, then 17, of Uniondale, was arrested in January and charged with second-degree murder, accused of acting in concert with Ventura, authorities said.
Ventura, identified in court papers as the shooter, was remanded at his arraignment Tuesday, said the district attorney’s spokeswoman, Miriam Sholder. He was represented by a Legal Aid Society attorney.
According to a felony complaint, Ventura was with David-Maldonado and armed with a loaded 9 mm semi-automatic pistol as they rode bicycles with others when they “intentionally attempted to get a witness . . . out of a parked auto.”
David-Maldonado then shouted “mara, mara,” which means gang in Spanish, according to the complaint, and at the same time Ventura “pulled out the loaded 9 mm semi-automatic pistol he was carrying and intentionally fired three times, striking the deceased Alexon Moya, in his head, causing his death.”
Police have said they believe that David-Maldonado is a member of the violent street gang MS-13. Police did not say what led them to the suspects.