CORRECTION: Mr. Boomer who was apprehended in Virginia is the father of the Bobby Boomer who was arrested for a shooting two years ago. We have corrected the error in the story below.
Bobby Boomer, Red Hook resident and alleged shooter of Tony Sterling on October 5th, was apprehended in Virginia and is in custody, being held at the 76th Precinct station house on Union Street.
Detective Ware at the 76th was assigned the case back in October and finally located Boomer in Virginia. He and a few other detectives went down to Virginia to pick him up and bring him back to Brooklyn, where he is now undergoing questioning at the precinct.
Ware stated to this reporter that there were two suspects, and both are now in custody. The other suspect was apprehended in the neighborhood and is being held at Riker’s Island pending trial. There will be a grand jury hearing on Thursday, after which more details will be released to the press.
Boomer’s family has a history of guns and arrests. Boomer’s son. also named Bobby, was arrested for shooting at two police officers two years ago. From a July 12, 2012, NY Post article:
“The suspect – later identified as Bobby Boomer, 20 – fled once he spotted the cops, who pursued him into the Red Hook East housing project.
During the foot chase, Boomer turned and squeezed off one round, police said.
The bullet missed its mark and neither cop was wounded.
The bandit ditched his .45 Smith and Wesson semi-automatic handgun inside the doorway of 21 Mill Street, ran up to the roof, then scampered to the roof of adjoining 15 Mill Street, a connecting part of the development, cops said.
Boomer then ducked into a sixth-floor apartment and hid under the bed, which is where he was cornered and arrested by officers from the NYPD Emergency Services Unit.
Pizzarro is a seven-year veteran and Walsh has been on the force five years.
Cops also recovered Boomer’s gun, which they said had been reported stolen in Georgia.
Law-enforcement sources said Boomer belongs to the Mad Dog Crew, a gang that has been terrorizing Red Hook residents. He was busted in 2009 for pot possession and is on probation in Pennsylvania for a drug sale, the sources added. Boomer has been charged with attempted murder of a police officer, criminal possession of a stolen weapon, and criminal trespass.”
People who knew Tony Sterling, well loved in Red Hook his whole life, are happy that the precinct was able to solve the case. CheaButtery Brown, in a Facebook posting wrote: “ Well…if they didn’t close the case they would be screaming that the police didn’t do their job… good job, 76th Squad!”