Police: Far Rockaway man arrested as 2nd suspect in Valley Stream end-of-summer party shooting
A Far Rockaway man believed to be the second suspect in connection to a shooting that occurred at an end-of-summer party in Valley Stream was arrested by Nassau police.
Isaiah Gonzalez, 21, faced a judge Saturday for allegedly killing a man and hurting four others -- including a 12-year-old boy -- after police say he opened fire at the illegal party on Aug 21.
His arrest comes three days after the first suspect, Kyle Matthews, was also arrested in connection to the shooting at a party venue called Dopie's World on Ocean Avenue.
Police say the motive for the shooting was a gang rivalry. Both Matthews and Gonzalez are known Bloods gang members, according to authorities.
Police say none of the victims had any known gang affiliation. They were part of a crowd of 50 to 60 mostly underaged people who attended an illegal foam party where alcohol and marijuana were being served to minors.
Police say members of the Crips gang were throwing the party. They say the suspects entered while armed with two semi-automatic handguns.
“They went there that night to kill somebody, shoot into the crowd. When they saw five members of the party possibly were members of the Crips out front, they intentionally came upon them, fired eight rounds, striking Deandre Carter, killing him,” said Det. Captain Stephen Fitzpatrick.
Gonzalez is charged with second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon. Police say Gonzalez also has an outstanding bench warrant for criminal possession of a controlled substance from May 2021.