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Police Shoot Armed Teen In East Flatbush

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A teenager was shot and killed in the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn late Saturday after police say he pointed a gun at officers.

Investigators say police noticed a group of young men in front of a building on East 52nd Street just before 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

Police say Kimani "Kiki" Gray, 16, seen above, left the group after spotting the officers, and say he was adjusting his waistband and acting suspiciously.

Authorities say when the officers tried to approach Kimani, he turned and pointed a gun at them.

Police say two officers then fired 11 rounds at the boy.

Kimani was taken to Kings County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The officers involved were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Investigators recovered a .38 caliber revolver at the scene and say Kimani had prior arrests for grand larceny and inciting a riot.

However, friends of Kimani are disputing investigators' findings. They say Kimani had just returned from a baby shower, and was shot only minutes after he was dropped off on East 52nd Street.

"The baby shower was around the corner. He walked with me and a friend, and he said 'Stop right here,' so we stopped," said Jamal Williams, a friend of Kimani. "Three of us got into a van and we drove around the corner. We went back to the baby shower. As soon as we parked up, we got the call that said he got shot by a cop."

A woman who identifies herself as Kimani's cousin told NY1 that Kimani was holding the gun for a friend. She also thought that Kimani was trying to alert police that he had a weapon, rather than use it.

His sister, Mahnefah Gray, told NY1 she doubted her brother was carrying a gun at all.

"Fixing his belt, fixing his belt was technically what he had. He had to really pull it because he had a skinny waist. So probably he was grabbing his belt to squeeze it," said Mahnefah Gray. "They thought he was grabbing back to get a gun. He's 16 years old. What is he pointing a gun at over six police, knowing that they would kill him? He has common sense."

All through Sunday, friends left candles and flowers by the apartment building where Kimani was shot, and they planned to hold a vigil by the building that night.

The boy lived in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, but grew up on East Flatbush and returned several times in the year to the neighborhood to hang out with his old friends.

By Sunday evening, the investigation was still ongoing.

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