Posted on July 14, 2021

‘Major Gang War’ in Bronx Leaving Teens Dead in the Streets

Larry Celona, New York Post, July 12, 2021

A “major gang war” between ruthless Bronx crews who are unafraid of cops has left a 13-year-old boy and two other teens dead in just the past five days, law enforcement sources told The Post on Monday.

“We can’t keep them in [jail], and they’re going after each other,’’ a high-ranking police source said, referring to juvenile suspects who end up back on the streets after being sent to family court instead of being prosecuted as adults.

A city prosecutor added, “They don’t go to jail, so they do robberies, get in fights and carry guns.


The first teen to die in the bloody gang-fueled stretch of borough violence was 19-year-old Tyquill Daugherty, who was shot in the head in front of his home in Crotona just before midnight Wednesday, sources and cops said.

Daugherty’s gang-related death was followed by Sunday’s fatal retaliatory drive-by shooting of Jaryan “Jay Ripp’’ Elliot, a 13-year-old suspected member of the Crips, about five blocks away in Belmont, sources said.

Elliot — who just graduated from middle school — was at the scene when Daugherty was shot, although he is not believed to have pulled the trigger, sources said.

The 13-year-old kid already had eight busts under his belt, including for robbery and assault — and had been locked up twice this year before being dumped back on the street, the high-ranking cop source said.

About eight and a half hours after Elliot’s slaying, revenge for his murder was taken on 16-year-old Ramon Gil-Medrano, who was fatally shot by two males on scooters a little over a mile away in Mount Hope, sources said.

Gil-Medrano, who was affiliated with the 800 YGz, or “Young Gunnaz,’’ gang, had been at the scene of the 13-year-old’s slaying {snip}


A borough cop said, “There is a major gang war going on in the Bronx with three teenagers killed in less than a week.

“Everybody is walking around with a gun because they are more afraid of getting shot than getting arrested.”

Two more people were then wounded in a double shooting around 4:20 p.m. Monday a little over a mile from where Elliot was killed — a revenge crime for one of the earlier three incidents of gunplay, sources said.

Gil-Medrano had previously been wounded in a shooting on July 7, 2020 — a year to the day of Daugherty’s death last week, sources noted.

The 16-year-old was shot at the time by two guys on a scooter on Prospect Avenue, about two blocks from Daugherty’s murder.

It was one of three open gun cases he had against him in family court when he was killed — all stemming from incidents in the past seven months, sources said.


Another law enforcement source added, “This is another instance of no consequences for repeat gun offenders.

“The system that purports to help these kids is actually acting as an incubator for future violence,” the source said. “Gil-Medrano gets caught with guns, goes to kid-glove Family Court, and he’s out here walking the streets. The kid gloves ultimately allowed him to get murdered.”

A source said online taunting is only continuing to help fuel the gang warfare.


There have been at least 318 shooting victims in the Bronx so far this year compared to 193 during that time frame in 2020, or a 64.8 percent hike.