WABC reports a suspect is under arrest after an 18-year-old Iona College student was found fatally shot in New Rochelle over the weekend.
Police received multiple calls of gunshots in the area of Lincoln Park just after 3 a.m. Sunday, and arriving officers found a man lying on the ground inside the park, bleeding from an apparent gunshot wound.
The victim, identified as 19-year-old Brandon Lawrence, of Yonkers, was pronounced dead at the scene. He was a student at Iona.
The Iona College Fashion Club posted a photo of Lawrence on social media, saying “Fashion sending all of our prayers & love to the family of Brandon Lawrence for the loss of their loved one. We loved seeing your fashion on campus, God couldn’t wait to bring back his Angel.”
The suspect, 19-year-old Stivenson Desir, of New Rochelle, is charged with second-degree murder.
According to investigators, five young men had gathered in the parking lot outside The Boys and Girls Club, with an altercation spilling onto the neighboring ballfield. That’s when police say Desir shot Lawrence, who played basketball at Lincoln High School in Yonkers and graduated last year before attending Iona.
“It appears it was a mutual combatant,” New Rochelle Police Captain Rob Gazzola said. “Two guys had a beef with one another, they were going to go settle it on the field, and that’s what happened.”