Tysha Jones was a junior at Norman Thomas High School and lived in a Harlem apartment with her mother, Cynthia, her brother and sister, according to friends.

Tysha Jones (Source: Twitter)

Police arrested a 19-year-old suspect named Iloune Driver in connection with Thursday’s bloody Brighton Beach shooting that left one dead and four wounded. Authorities say they’re still on the hunt for a second suspect.

Driver has been charged with second-degree murder and assault with intent to cause serious physical injury.

Tysha Jones, a 16-year-old bystander, was shot dead Thursday after a bullet struck her under the left arm. Four others were also injured as bullets flew wildly on the Riegelmann Boardwalk near Brighton 6th Street, including a patron at Tatiana Restaurant.

According to the New York Post:

Cops said there had been a scuffle in which one youth was hit over the head with a bottle and another was struck with a beach umbrella as hundreds of teens gathered.

As tempers cooled, one of the young men joined three friends — including Jones, of East Harlem — on a boardwalk railing. Two other pals stood nearby.

Two thugs then strode onto the boardwalk and opened fire. Cops said it was unclear whom they were aiming at.

Other media outlets say the person was hit with a bottle, not a beach umbrella. They’re also reporting that it is not believed to be gang related

Police recovered five .380-caliber shells at the scene of the shootout.

Additional coverage:
(Brighton Beach Shooting Wounds Five, Two Critically)
(Brighton Beach shooting: View photos of the scene, as police canvassed the area.)
(Brighton Beach shooting: View a video from a restaurant patron taken moments after the shooting.)
(Brighton Beach shooting: Two more graphic videos.)

THE COMMUTE: This week’s Commute is for those of you who walk or run on the Riegelmann Boardwalk, which is in danger of extinction as we know it. The latest proposal calls for a 12-foot wide concrete strip for motorized vehicles, yielding to opposition from those who opposed a boardwalk entirely made of concrete. Now here is the latest development.

The new concrete boardwalk, laid last year, has already developed numerous hairline cracks after only one winter. The 300-foot segment between Ocean Parkway and Brighton 1st Road is already showing signs of age, although the city favored concrete over choices such as natural wood, kebony-treated wood and recycled plastic lumber. Also, the concrete is staining and shows off gum spots remarkably well.

Read about the city’s false claims, and what Rosen thinks will happen next.

Photo by George B.

Photo by Erica Sherman.

Photo from last year's event. (Source: Cymbrowitz's office)

From Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowtiz’s office:

Assemblyman Cymbrowitz is sponsoring the Eighth Annual Lena Cymbrowitz Community Health Fair, in conjunction with Maimonides Medical Center, Beth Israel Medical Center and Kiwanis International on Sunday, June 12th, from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The fair which will be held on Emmons Avenue from Sheepshead Bay Road to Ocean Avenue, includes free health screenings, health information, NYU’s Smiling Faces Dental Van and free give-a-ways. Children can explore a functioning ambulance and will be entertained with magic, a clown, face painting and a caricaturist.  Local schools are scheduled to perform and there will be a live band plus a DJ to keep things lively.  For additional information, please call Assemblyman Cymbrowitz’ office at (718) 743-4078.  In case of rain, the fair will be held in Bay Academy, 1401 Emmons Avenue.


Drivers beware! A massive sinkhole has formed on Knapp Street, near Avenue Z.

We first heard about this yesterday from a reader, but we were waiting to get out there and snag a photo ourselves. But then that scallywag over at GerritsenBeach.net beat us to it. So we just stole it and figured we’d put it on a site that people care about.

Just kidding! Thanks for doing the work for us, Dan!

By the way, Dan adds that this formed over the course of a week. I wonder if anyone called 311 before it gave way.

From our friends at the Kings Bay YM-YWHA:

Kings Bay YM-YWHA is thrilled to announce our Annual Israel Celebration to take place on Sunday, June 12, 2011 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.  The large celebration attracts thousands of people to eat, dance and rejoice with us on this festive day.

Kings Bay Y brings Israel to the Greater Sheepshead Bay/Marine Park community.  We feature Israeli music and dance, teach about the country through interactive games, display the achievements of Israel’s citizens, showcase opportunities for travel and much more.  The street is closed for the duration of the event and admission is free.

The celebration is proudly situated on Nostrand Avenue (between Ave U and V). The community enjoys live music, an Israeli marketplace full of jewelry, Judaica, Israeli craft, delicious food, free giveaways and raffles.  Children bounce on carnival rides, visit a petting zoo, participate in arts and crafts and other fun activities.  Live music and dancing.  Elected officials and community leaders are scheduled to attend the event.

For more information, please contact Alina at (718) 648-7703 ext. 224 or via e-mail at alina@kingsbayy.org.

About 5,000 people attended last year’s event. Check out our coverage and photo gallery.

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CompStat reports are produced by the New York Police Department on a weekly basis. We summarize the week’s statistics for the 61st Precinct reports every Friday. The 61st Precinct is the police command responsible for Sheepshead Bay, Gravesend, Kings Highway, Homecrest, Madison, Manhattan Beach, and Gerritsen Beach.

Tysha Jones was a junior at Norman Thomas High School and lived in a Harlem apartment with her mother, Cynthia, her brother and sister, according to friends.

One of the last photos taken of Tysha Jones, taken shortly before a gunman took her life. (Source: Twitter via DailyNews.com)

The Brighton Beach shooting on the Riegelmann Boardwalk yesterday evening left one 16-year-old girl dead and four others wounded. The shooting erupted around 6:20 p.m., with the gunman firing wildly into the air and crowd. Now, a person involved in the incident is telling the New York Post that it all happened after unsuspecting teenagers threw a wayward glance at alleged Crip gangbangers walking by.

Read our coverage roundup from around the mediascape.

Photo by Lisanne Anderson.