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Arrest Made In Connection With Post-Vigil Drug Store Attack As Police Search For Suspects

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Police have made an arrest in connection with a group of people who ransacked a Brooklyn Rite Aid store Monday and attacked a customer following a vigil for a 16-year-old shot and killed by police, and are hoping surveillance video will lead them to other suspects in the case.

Police arrested Brooklyn resident Kaven Menard, 19, and charged him with robbery.

They allege that Menard was involved in the Monday incident at the Rite Aid on Church Avenue in East Flatbush.

Authorities released video Tuesday of Monday night's incident.

The incident happened after a vigil for Kimani "Kiki" Gray, who was shot by police this past weekend after police say he pulled a loaded handgun on two plainclothes officers.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said witnesses reported hearing the officers say "don't move" and "freeze," but he didn't say whether any witnesses could corroborate reports that Gray pointed the gun at officers.

"There's nothing to indicate that this shooting, at this time, was outside the guidelines," Kelly said.

Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

Meanwhile, roughly 100 people, many members of the Occupy movement picked up the banner of anger at police, marching on the sidewalks Tuesday night while police walked along with them.

Residents at Tuesday's march said they were upset with the events that transpired at the Rite Aid the night before.

"It was wrong, 'cause nobody in the Rite Aid did anything to them," said one.

"In terms of vandalism, which was unnecessary, that's not right," said a second.

"It's just senseless," said a third. "You're taking out your anger on people that had nothing to do with the situation."

Adults in East Flatbush said Tuesday that they're worried about their neighbors and their neighborhood, while the young adults NY1 spoke with focus on the loss of Kiki Gray.

"It was a hurtful thing that he died like that, and I hope they do get justice for what happened," said one.

A middle-aged Army veteran who lives here said he understands that frustration. He said he's been stopped and frisked by police many times.

"It's not like the police departments have a good PR relationship with black folks in the community," he said. "So yes, I am skeptical."

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