BROOKLYN, NY — A Brooklyn street gang named for having members as young as 15 years old was behind at least 11 shootings in the borough in the last two years, according to officials.
Law enforcement unveiled an 81-count indictment Thursday charging 14 members of a gang known as the “Babiiez,” a subset of the larger “Insane Crip Gangsta” group dedicated to its youngest members, according to the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office.
The 14 members, mostly teenagers, were behind at least 11 shootings since May 2019 aimed at showing dominance and attacking rival gang members, prosecutors said.
The shootings hurt eight people and include a daylight shooting in Crown Heights and a drive-by in Bed-Stuy during last summer’s surge in gun violence, according to the indictment.
“It is disturbing that young people in our communities are engaged in the type of brazen and senseless gun violence described in this indictment,” Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said. “Taking shooters off the streets has been a focus of my office and the NYPD, and long-term investigations such as this are making a real impact in restoring safety and driving down violence across Brooklyn.”
Thursday’s indictment comes after two other major gang takedowns in the borough this year as law enforcement grapple with an ongoing shooting surge that has plagued the city in the last year. The other takedowns include two rival gangs in Central Brooklyn known as The Hoolies and the 900 Street Gang.
The Babiiez and Insane Crip Gangsta crews ran largely out Flatbush, specifically in two connected buildings on East 21st Street that members called “The Castle,” prosecutors said.
The gang formed an alliance with another gang, the Bergen Fam, to go after rival gang members, show dominance by shooting in rival territory and retaliate against taunts on social media about the death of a former ICG member, prosecutors said.
The shootings include three within just a few hours on June 30, 2020, two of which are caught on surveillance video.
In the first, Babiiez members Tristian Williams and Timothy Spence walked from “The Castle” to a building in rival “8 Trey” gang territory on East 18th Street and Williams shot into a crowd, hitting one member of the rival gang in the leg, prosecutors said.
Just 40 minutes later, someone fires into a crowd of people, including Williams and Spence, hanging outside The Castle. The group, including a man scooping up a baby that had been in the crowd, frantically runs into the building to escape the shots, video shows.
But soon, Williams and Spence take off with six others and walk all the way to Bedford Avenue and Eastern Parkway, where Babiiez member Jahmaree Dublin shoots at a man walking across the street, just steps from a couple with a child in a stroller, according to prosecutors and video. The man shot was not a member of a rival gang, prosecutors said.
Officials also released video of another shooting, a month later, when members Amath Kebe, Malik Harry and Kymani Salkey were driving in the territory of another rival, Structure Gang, in Bed-Stuy, prosectors said.
The group spotted a member of a rival gang on Madison Street and fired out the window, hitting the person in the leg, according to prosecutors and video.
Investigators say they caught on to the Babiiez as members bragged about their crimes on on social media and talked about them on recorded jail calls from Rikers Island, prosecutors said.
The members were heard “discussing violent acts, discussing the possibility of being indicted, discussing how to hold a gun, and boasting about its street dominance,” prosecutors said.
The 81-count indictment includes conspiracy, attempted murder, robbery, assault, grand larceny, reckless endangerment and weapons charges, among others, according to officials.
The 14 members were all slated to be arraigned on Thursday.
Here’s who was charged:
- Tristian Williams, 19, of East New York, Brooklyn.
- Jaden Occean, 18, of Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn.
- Timothy Spence, 17, of Flatbush, Brooklyn.
- Moustapha Diop, 19, of Flatbush, Brooklyn.
- Jahmaree Dublin, 19, of East Flatbush, Brooklyn.
- Malik Bacchus, 19, of Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
- Kymani Salkey, 18, of Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
- Amath Kebe, 18, of East Flatbush, Brooklyn.
- Jarell Swan, 18, of Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.
- Darius Omotunde, 19, of Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
- Abu Gaye, 19, of Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
- Bobby Thomas, 20, of East New York, Brooklyn.
- Malik Harry, 21, of Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
- Krisaiya Blount, 16, East New York, Brooklyn.