Authorities shared new information regarding the murder of a teen who was gunned down on a Brooklyn basketball court and now believe they have a clear suspect in the case. Police said a 14-year-old boy may be behind the fatal shooting.
The NYPD identified their suspect as Aaron Nathaniel in connection with the September 21 shooting of Timothy Oyebola, a 16-year-old Queens boy.
Oyebola was just shooting basketball in the court when the cold-blooded murder took place. Witnesses told police they saw Nathaniel fire twice in the playground in Chester Park, where Oyebola happened to be casually shooting hoops that time.
One of the bullets tragically hit Oyebola in the head. The victim died shortly at Brookdale Hospital.
Cops say it is unclear for now if the two teens knew each other. They say, however, that Oyebola, doesn’t appear to have been the intended target of the shooting since the shots were fired from more than 100 feet away from where the Brooklyn Ascend High School student was playing basketball.
The murder - intended or not- has left Oyebola’s father devastated. He shared his son was “a calm, quiet, obedient child” who simply loved to play basketball.
The heartbroken dad also added how it was such a senseless death since his son would have had a promising life ahead of him. He was a high-achieving academic teen. The father said: “He’s intelligent. He loved sports and basketball. Very ambitious. He’s a boy who had a brighter future. He was constantly going for what he wanted to do in life. He wanted to become a doctor or an engineer.”
The 14-year-old suspect is described as black, standing about 5-foot-6, and weighing around 115 pounds.
Anyone with information about the suspect is requested to immediately call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).