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A gunman was arrested Monday and charged with the caught-on-camera killing of 16-year-old James Solano outside a Bronx deli — even admitting to cops that he had the murder weapon on him, police said Tuesday.
Marquis Beckford, 22, was arrested by patrol officers who were responding to a call around 6 p.m. on Trinity Avenue after he was recognized by one of them as a suspect, police said.
When cops searched him and found a gun, Beckford admitted that it was the one he used to shoot Solano around noon on Dec. 23 in front of a bodega at 1097 Boston Road, cops said.
Beckford was charged with murder 2, manslaughter and criminal possession of a weapon.
In the wake of Solano’s killing, community leaders gathered outside the bodega where he was shot to denounce the gun violence in the outer boroughs. Shootings have continued to spike in the city since summer.
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