Accused Times Square shooter held on $200K bail

The Brooklyn teenager accused of shooting a tourist in Times Square was ordered held on $200,000 bail Thursday, as authorities released new details of the incident.

Avon Darden, 16, was arraigned on attempted murder and gun possession charges in Manhattan Criminal Court’s Youth Court Division in the June 27 wounding of US Marine Samuel Poulin.

Surveillance video from the Crossroads of the World allegedly captured Darden arguing with another man, who fled when the teenager pulled a gun, according to a criminal complaint.

Darden then allegedly chased the man and wildly opened fire, with the bullet striking Poulin, 21, the complaint said.

“The defendant, in the middle of the day … in the middle of Times Square, pulled a firearm from his backpack and discharged it,” prosecutor Matthew Thiman told Judge Althea Drysdale during the arraignment.

“The facts of this case are especially serious,” Thiman added.

Police sources said the dispute stemmed from the night before, when Darden allegedly walked in front of a breakdancer, sparking an argument.

Defense attorney Sarah Legler argued that Darden has “no criminal record” — having recently completed one year of probation on a 2019 robbery case.

A shooting scene in Times Square at 45th Street and 7th Avenue where a person was shot in the back
A shooting scene in Times Square at 45th Street and 7th Avenue where Samuel Poulin was shot in the back.
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Sources said the teenager has five prior arrests as a juvenile, all of them sealed.

In his latest case, he was charged with first- and second-degree attempted murder, second- and third-degree assault, first- and second-degree endangerment and five weapons possession charges.

Darden fled the scene of the shooting but turned himself in to cops Wednesday.

Police later found a .380-caliber shell casing at the scene.

A surveillance image provided by sources shows a person with a gun near W45th St and 7th Ave in TImes Square Sunday, June 27, 2021. An inocent bystander was taken to Bellevue with a gunshot wound to the back. Victim identified at USMC Lt. Samuel Poulin, 21, of North Carolina.
Avon Darden wildly opened fire, with a bullet striking Samuel Poulin.

Poulin, who was in the Big Apple from upstate to attend a baptism, was walking on West 45th Street when he told cops he heard a gunshot, then felt a pain in his back.

His wound was not life-threatening.

Meanwhile, Darden’s neighbors in Bushwick told The Post the teen has been a troublesome presence on the block since moving there with his mom last year.

“That short-ass, little troublesome-ass boy,” one neighbor said. “I know he is always in trouble.”

Darden’s mother was in court Thursday but declined to comment.

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