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Police: 18-year-old gunned down on Brooklyn Avenue

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The May 15 shooting outside of a Flatbush Avenue taco restaurant that left an 18-year-old dead could have been gang related, police say.

“The victim could have been part of a crew or a gang, and that concerns us,” Captain John Rowell, the commanding officer of the 63rd Precinct, told members of Community Board 18 this week. “We’re going to pay special attention to that area for awhile.”

Police said Tyreck Wheeler was hit twice in the chest and once in the head at 6 pm near Brooklyn Avenue.

Witnesses told police that Wheeler, who lived a few blocks away, was shot shortly after he strolled into the Top Taco restaurant near the corner. He died at the scene.

No suspects have been identified in the shooting, and investigators haven’t been able to provide a motive.

Rowell called the killing an “isolated event.”

“It could have been a rivalry,” he said. “The detective squad is out there looking for witnesses and video, so if anybody knows anything, please come in.”

Anyone with information regarding this slaying is urged to contact CrimeStoppers at (800) 577–8477. All calls will be kept confidential.

Reach reporter Colin MIxson at or by calling (718) 260-4514.

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Reader Feedback

MDP says:
RIP Tyreck. From your family at MDP.
May 23, 2012, 10:33 pm
jj says:
hey ty i miss you
Jan. 11, 2013, 8:39 pm
Nae from Brooklyn, NY says:
These people need to learn to keep calm and stop killin people.Its not right and Tyreck was like a friend to me.The first time I saw him was when I was with my aunt (aka his girlfriend)and he was talking about how crazy she was.Ty was thought of as a friend,but remembered as family.R.I.P Ty:):(
May 21, 2014, 7:40 pm
Nae from Brooklyn, NY says:
P.S. I think that the people that killed him are stupid.Get a life dummies duhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
May 21, 2014, 7:43 pm
neil from brooklyn says:
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Jan. 13, 12:19 am

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