Young man arrested for gunning down 16-year-old in front of south Bronx Bodega


By Robert Pozarycki

Police arrested the gunman who fatally shot a 16-year-old boy in front of a south Bronx bodega on last Wednesday afternoon.

Marquis Beckford, a 22-year-old of 730 E. 165th was recently cuffed for the shooting death of teenager james James Solano earlier this month before Christmas.

Cops said that Solano of Trinity Avenue took a fatal bullet to his neck in front of the King Deli and Grocery at 1097 Boston Road in Morrisania at 12:02 p.m. on Dec. 23.

Officers from the 42nd Precinct and EMS units responded to a 911 call about the assault and found Solano at the location. Paramedics rushed him to Lincoln Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Anyone with information regarding the shooting can call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (for Spanish, dial 888-57-PISTA). You can also submit tips online at, or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls and messages are kept confidential.

With reporting by Alex Mitchell

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