Teen arrested in July Fourth shooting

Authorities say a 63-year-old man was shot in the back near William Floyd Elementary School at around 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Authorities say a 63-year-old man was shot in the back near William Floyd Elementary School at around 6:30 p.m. Saturday. (7/5/15)

BEDFORD-STUYVESANT - Police arrested a teen blocks away from where he allegedly shot a man during a Fourth of July barbecue.

The 63-year-old victim was shot in the back at Sumner Playground near William Floyd Elementary School on Throop Avenue at around 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

According to police, Tyrone Whidbee, 15, of Williamsburg, entered the park on a bicycle, shot at a group of people barbecuing and then ran off.

Officers in the 79th Precinct searched the area, and a teen fitting the description of the suspect was found nearby. Whidbee was clutching his waistband heading down Humbolt Street.

One officer followed Whidbee on foot, while his partner followed in a police vehicle.

Police say a semiautomatic weapon that they observed Whidbee toss was recovered, and that a witness identified Whidbee as the shooter.

Whidbee faces charges of attempted murder and assault.

The victim was taken to Kings County Hospital and is expected to be OK.

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