Neighbors describe accused Times Square shooter as ‘troublesome-ass boy’

The Brooklyn teenager charged with shooting a tourist in Times Square has been “a little troublesome-ass boy” since moving into his Bushwick neighborhood last year, neighbors told The Post on Thursday.

Avon Darden, 16, who is awaiting arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court in the June 27 wounding of newlywed US Marine Samuel Poulin, is known for causing fights in the area, neighbors said.

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

Another neighbor agreed, saying the teen “is always in trouble — fighting and stuff like that.”

“They are new here,” said the neighbor on Debevoise Avenue. “They moved in just before the pandemic. His mother is hardly there. He is always there by himself. I see him in the hallway smoking weed with his friends.”

Accused time square shooter Avon Darden, 16, is walked out of Midtown South Precinct.
Accused time square shooter Avon Darden, 16, is walked out of Midtown South Precinct.
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He said he’s not shocked Darden was nabbed for allegedly trying to gun down a street performer in Times Square.

“No,” he said. “Nobody will be surprised.”

The teenager turned himself in to the Midtown South police precinct on Wednesday, police sources said.

Sam Poulin was shot near Times Square on June 27, 2021.
Sam Poulin was shot near Times Square on June 27, 2021.
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He is accused of opening fire at the Crossroads of the World after feuding with a street performer, with one of the shots ricocheting and striking Poulin in the back.

The Marine was visiting the Big Apple from upstate to attend a baptism.

He and his family were walking past the Marriott hotel on West 45th Street around 5:15 p.m. when he was hit.

Police investigate the scene near the Times Square shooting on June 27, 2021.
Police investigate the scene near the Times Square shooting on June 27, 2021.
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A tourist takes a photo of a wanted poster for the alleged shooter before he turned himself in.
A tourist takes a photo of a wanted poster for alleged shooter Avon Darden in Times Square.
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Cops charged Darden with attempted murder, assault, reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon.

“I think it’s horrible,” one Bushwick neighbor said. “It’s horrible. He is only 16 years old.”

“He is walking around with a gun,” she added. “I’m glad he ain’t here no more. He could have killed someone. I’m scared.”

Neighbors said they weren't surprised Darden was nabbed for allegedly trying to gun down a street performer.
Neighbors weren’t surprised Avon Darden was nabbed for the alleged shooting.
Avon Darden seen in an NYPD photo.
Avon Darden seen in an NYPD photo.
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The neighbors asked not to be identified for fear of retribution.

“It wasn’t like this,” said the woman, who moved into the area in 1971. “Now people are out here, fighting each other, shooting each other. I don’t understand it.”

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