Alleged New York Gang Member Involved in 3 Drive-By Shootings After Being Released: Officials
USJack Phillips

An alleged gang member in New York City was involved in several shootings after he was released without bail, according to officials.

Darrius Sutton, 23, was arrested in May for a shooting on May 16 where he allegedly shot another man in a building in Brooklyn’s East New York neighborhood, according to federal prosecutors. He was charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon, but he was instead released.

“At the time of arraignment, the sole eyewitness had recanted so we did not have sufficient evidence to keep the defendant in custody. The investigation is continuing and we hope other witnesses come forward,” said a spokesman for the Brooklyn District Attorney, according to the New York Daily News and the New York Post.

The Brooklyn District Attorney office has not responded to a request for comment in the case.

Prosecutors said that after he was released in May, he allegedly was involved in at least three drive-by shootings over the summer, according to the NY Post.

Prosecutors alleged Sutton is a member of a subset of the Bloods street game. He is accused of being involved in several other shootings in Brooklyn this year, including a shooting where prosecutors said he shot a rival gang member in the back several times in April, reported the Post and Daily News.

“The defendant’s violent spree over the last year has left at least seven individuals with gunshot wounds,” federal prosecutors wrote. “That these events did not lead to seven deaths is entirely fortuitous — the videos described above make clear that the defendant shoots to kill.”

Sutton was seen on camera footage partaking in one of the alleged attacks. It shows him behind the rival gang member with a gun pointed at him.

Sutton is now in federal custody at Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center after a judge ruled that he should be held.

Prosecutors also alleged Sutton was in a rap video for a song by a Brooklyn rapper. “The song features lyrics intended to threaten rival gangs,” they said.