WANDER RIVERA, a/k/a “Ciru,” EDWARD PEREZ, a/k/a “Perico,” and RAMON RODRIGUEZ, a/k/a “Pollo,” were charged in a five-count indictment filed by the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Damian Williams; Ivan J. Arvelo, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Office of Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”).
They are accused of participating in the “Shooting Boys” group and violent activities related to it, such as the robbery and subsequent murder of Milton Grant and the attempted murder of another victim on June 21, 2021, in Manhattan.
Both PEREZ and RIVERA were arrested in a concerted effort yesterday night and this morning. Both accused criminals will be brought before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jennifer E. Willis this afternoon in Manhattan.
RODRIGUEZ is still on the loose. Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald of the United States District Court has been assigned to the case.
The United States Attorney, Damian Williams, stated, “As alleged, these defendants committed crimes with a street gang that has engaged in robbery, murder, drug trafficking, and other acts of violence.”
Today’s unsealed indictment alleges that Milton Grant was killed during a spree of violence by this group. We will not rest until we have eliminated the danger that gang violence poses to our communities. There will be a significant federal prison sentence for these offenders.
According to HSI’s Special Agent in Charge Ivan J. Arvelo: “As stated, Wander Rivera, Edward Perez, and Ramon Rodriguez were members of the Shooting Boys gang and used severe violence and intimidation to further their illicit activities, operating without remorse or regard for human life.
Gang members prey on the communities in which they operate, committing horrific crimes. When members of criminal gangs in the New York City area are apprehended and punished for their actions, the city as a whole becomes a safer place for everyone.
We value the efforts of the New York City Police Department and are committed to continuing our collaboration with them as we fight to rid our neighborhoods of these hardened offenders.
“Dismantling gangs to prevent the senseless violence so often associated with their illegal activities is among the highest priorities for the NYPD and our law enforcement partners,” Commissioner Keechant L. Sewell said.
We’ll keep going after the minority of New York City’s population that’s responsible for most of the city’s violence and mayhem.
I applaud the efforts of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and the New York Police Department and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents who worked on this case.
According to public testimony and records presented in federal court, including the Indictment.
The “Shooting Boys” are a gang that operates out of the University Heights neighborhood of the Bronx.
Members of the group have engaged in drug dealing, weapons use, and several acts of violence against rival gang members since at least 2017. The Shooting Boys are an offshoot of the Trinitarios gang that split from the “Sunset” chapter around the year 2018.
The Shooting Boys were drug dealers that operated in certain parts of the Bronx. Armed robberies were another area of expertise for gang members, and they frequently targeted wealthy victims carrying expensive jewels.
On June 21, 2021, as Milton Grant sat in his automobile after leaving a Manhattan nightclub, he was shot and killed during an early morning heist. Grant’s Audemars Piguet watch was stolen by RODRIGUEZ after he shot him.