DISTRICT ATTORNEY VANCE ANNOUNCES INDICTMENT IN EAST HARLEM SHOOTING

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the indictment of MIGUEL PADILLA, 44, in Manhattan Supreme Court for firing a weapon multiple times in East Harlem with the intent to kill. PADILLA is charged with Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, Attempted Assault in the First Degree and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, among other charges.[1]

"Using an illegal gun, the defendant committed a violent and reckless act that brought harm to an innocent child," said District Attorney Vance. "The widespread availability of illegal firearms makes it all too easy for a situation to escalate into violence. We cannot rest in our fight against the proliferation of illegal guns on our streets."

According to documents filed in court and statements made on the record in court, on January 1, 2011, following a dispute over a parking space, PADILLA allegedly shot a semiautomatic pistol several times at a man driving a Chevy Impala along East 107th Street with his wife and four-year-old child inside the vehicle. The shots did not strike the intended victim, however, and instead struck a 13-year-old boy who was a passenger in minivan parked near the Impala. The gunshots shattered the rear window of the minivan and grazed the victim's head. He was treated and released from a hospital, and is expected to make a full recovery.

Assistant District Attorney Andrew Searle is handling the prosecution of the case under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney William Mahoney, Chief of Trial Bureau 60; Assistant District Attorney John Wolfstaetter, Co-Chief of the Vehicular Crimes Unit; and Executive Assistant District Attorney Karen Friedman Agnifilo, Chief of the Trial Division. NYPD Sergeant Kristine Gosling and Detectives David Broadwell, Antonio Rivera, Michael Haverty, Thomas Fischer, Felix Cruz, and Rafael Munoz assisted in the investigation.

Defendant Information:

MIGUEL PADILLA, D.O.B. 11/2/1966
Bronx, NY

Charges:

Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, a class B felony, one count
Attempted Assault in the First Degree, a class C felony, one count
Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, a class C felony, two counts
Assault in the Second Degree, a class D felony, one count
Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, a class D felony, one count
Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree, a class D felony, one count

A class B felony is punishable by up to 25 years in prison, a class C felony is punishable by up to 15 years in prison, and a class D felony is punishable by up to 7 years in prison.

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