Second man arrested in shooting of 7-year-old NYC girl was free despite felony charge

Authorities have apprehended a second suspect involved in the shooting of a 7-year-old Brooklyn child by a stray bullet. The suspect was out on bond at the time despite facing a felony robbery charge. After allegedly beating a 39-year-old man and taking his food on Staten Island, Robert Cooper, who is suspected of attempted murder in the March 22 shooting, was let go by a court in February. According to a criminal complaint filed in the case, Cooper, 31, was accused of hitting the victim and taking approximately $45 worth of food from him around noon on Feb. 13.

According to The New York Post, the Staten Island District Attorney’s Office requested that Cooper be jailed on $3,000 bail. However, documents show that he was instead freed without bond by Judge Gerianne Abriano. Cooper was still on the streets of New York a few weeks later when he and Jaden Baskerville, reportedly opened fire from a black vehicle in Coney Island.

Shauntae Gibbs, 7, was walking with her mother when one of the bullets grazed her. After the incident, the girl’s grandmother told The Post after the shooting. “I just thank God that she is OK, that’s the important part.” Officers believe three men walking in the area were the intended target. Baskerville was detained last week in connection with the shooting, while Cooper was apprehended on Monday. At his arraignment in Brooklyn Criminal Court, he was held on $100,000 bail. However, cops have not determined whether Cooper or Baskerville was the shooter.

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