Two teenage boys have been charged with the shooting death of a 16-year-old Bronx boy sitting in the back seat of a livery taxi cab last weekend.
Ramon Gil-Medrano, aka Rah Gzz, was shot multiple times in the head and upper torso as he sat in the back of a cab. The shooting occurred on East 178th Street And Valentine Avenue in the Tremont neighborhood at 11:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 11.
Police arrested Mekhi Williams, 19, and an unnamed 15-year-old boy. Williams, who is believed to be a member of the Thirdside Gang, was picked up about 7:20 p.m. Saturday.
The 15-year-old was arrested at his home in Queens about 6:30 a.m. Saturday, police said.
The NYPD released video of the shooting on Sunday. The video shows two people ride up on a scooter and open fire through the rear passenger window, striking the teenager. The cab driver was not hurt in the shooting.
Bronx: East 178th St. & Valentine Ave, a 16-year-old sitting in a cab was shot in the head and chest last week Sunday in the confines of the @NYPDnews/@NYPD46Pct. 2 suspects opened fire towards the teenager and fled. Victim was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. pic.twitter.com/tFdXqU7Tov
— NYC Scoop (@NY_Scoop) July 18, 2021
The family learned about Gil-Medrano's murder from a friend who was on the phone with him when he was killed.
Gil-Medrano's mother told the NY Daily News her son was on his way to a friend's place to record music when he was killed.
Police say Gil-Medrano was a member of the street gang 800 YGz (Young Gunnerz), and his murder was in retaliation for the shooting death of 13-year-old Jaryan Elliot hours earlier.
Elliot was standing outside Angels Cafe in Belmont just after 3:15 p.m. when a shooter stepped out of a car and opened fire.
Cell phone video shot hours later shows Gil-Medrano's gang affiliates destroying Elliot's memorial. Gil-Medrano is seen taunting Elliot's gang affiliates, telling them to "pop out right now" and "come up here... Where you at?" (See video below)
Gil-Medrano and Elliot are among three teenagers shot in 5 days in what police are calling a "major gang war" in the Bronx.
19 y.o., Tyquill Daugherty, was “shot in the head in front of his home... 13-y.o., Jaryan “Jay Ripp” Elliot, was then shot in response to the attack on Daughtery... 16-y.o. Ramon Gil-Medrano was then shot in retaliation for Elliot’s death." Clearly these lives don't matter
— 46 Not My President (@RainmanRich) July 13, 2021