Harlem gang member, 27, with FIVE priors is arrested for Bronx shooting that nearly killed siblings five and 13
- Michael Lopez, 27, has been arrested for the June 17 shooting in the Bronx
- He has five priors including for attempted murder, robbery and revenge porn
- Lopez is a member of the ‘Make It Happen Boyz’ gang in Harlem
- He was chasing Hassan Wright, 24, when he nearly struck Christian, five, and Mia, 13, with bullets
- The kids had gone to the store to buy bread for their parents when they got caught in the chaos
- The shooting outraged New Yorkers who are growing increasingly worried about the spike in crime
- Shootings across New York are up by 77 percent since last year
A Harlem gang member with five prior arrests including one as recent as 2020 has been arrested for the Bronx shooting last week that nearly killed a brother and sister aged five and 13.
Michael Lopez, 27, was taken into custody on Friday morning in connection with the June 17 shooting.
The gunman was filmed running behind Hassan Wright and opening fire, shooting him in the back and legs before fleeing.
What was most horrifying about the shooting was that the gunman paid no regard to 13-year-old Mia and five-year-old Christian Toribio, who were walking home from the store and got caught beneath Wright’s feet after he barreled into them while trying to flee.
Miraculously, neither of the kids were struck but they were directly in the line of fire.
Lopez is a member of the Make It Happen Boyz street gang, according to police sources cited by The New York Post, which was the first to report his arrest on Friday.
Michael Lopez, 27, was taken into custody on Friday morning in connection with the June 17 shooting. The gunman was filmed running behind Hassan Wright and opening fire, shooting him in the back and legs before fleeing (above left). Right, an image police circulated of the suspect afterwards to try to catch him
His priors include attempted murder, robbery, conspiracy, criminal possession of a weapon and unlawful disclosure of intimate images but somehow, he was not in custody.
NYPD officials say they are planning a press conference for later in the day where they will share more details.
He was arrested after they issued surveillance camera footage of the gunman in a subway station. It’s not clear yet if that is how he was identified.
It was still light and the parents watched from the window of their first floor apartment – which is 1,000 feet away as the kids walked down the street hand-in-hand, as they do whenever the kids go to the store for them.
Christian, five, and Mia, 13 at the Yankees game on Sunday. They were hosted by the Yankees after being visited at home by local politicians. The kids were in high spirits despite having narrowly avoided death on Thursday. They smiled and waved for cameras from one of the Yankees’ executive boxes
Picture shown: Maria Pabloto Deli and Grocery bodega where the shooting occurred
The apartment is just feet away from the 170th street subway station and is next to a park.
It was busy with local families and residents.
The parents were watching when the gunman – who has not been identified – started running towards the kids on Sheridan Avenue, pointing at his target Hassan Wright, who was also behind the children. Hassan started running and tried to escape but instead he barreled into the brother and sister, knocking them to the ground.
NYC Mayoral frontrunner Eric Adams was among those who called for him to be arrested.
‘We need to catch this b****d. We need to catch him. We need to get him. He needs to be off our streets,’ he said.