A teenager spending the night at a friend's house in Brooklyn was shot and killed by alleged gang members in an apparent case of mistaken identity, sources told KTLA sister station WPIX in New York.
“I’m never going to see my son again,” said Paula Aumack, with a picture of her son -- 18-year-old Genesis Wilson -- on her T-shirt and while fighting back tears.
She sat feet from a mini memorial to the slain young man outside the apartment where he lived.
“It doesn’t even matter why," Aumack told WPIX. “I don’t care about the why. I just want to know who do you think that you are?"
Wilson was a big gaming enthusiast and went by the nickname Sega. That is what the 18-year-old was doing in late May inside a friend’s house in Canarsie.
Police sources said three gang members seen in surveillance video sneaked into the backyard looking for a different person known to hang out there.
Wilson had decided to spend the night and was crashing on a bed by a back window.
Police said in a case of mistaken identity, the gang members fired through the window, killing Wilson as he lay in bed.
The case has drawn comparisons to the slaying of Lesandro "Junior" Guzman Feliz in the Bronx. In that instance, a 15-year-old was allegedly mistaken for a rival gang member, chased into a bodega then dragged outside and hacked to death by a group of men accused of being Trinitarios gang members.
Anyone with information in either case is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-8477 or visit nypdcrimestoppers.com.