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Fort Greene man convicted for 2015 shooting that killed three, including a 76-year-old bystander

A 33-year-old Fort Greene resident has been convicted of killing three people, including a 76-year-old bystander, near a New York City Housing Authority complex in his neighborhood in September, 2015.

According to trial testimony, on September 20, 2015, at approximately 1:45 a.m., 33-year-old Allen Cooper approached two other men, ages 39 and 43, as they walked on Fleet Walk near the Ingersoll Houses and fatally shot them.

The 39-year-old, Lacount Simmons, was shot in the head, back and torso while the 45-year-old, Calvin Clinkscales, was shot in the head and torso. A third victim, 76-year-old Herbert Brown, was struck in the abdomen by a stray bullet.

Cooper was arrested last April in an apartment in Fayetteville, North Carolina, after an anonymous caller told authorities where he was staying. Cooper was captured on video surveillance near the Ingersoll Houses running from the scene of the shooting.

“This defendant callously executed two rivals and, as a result of his violent actions, also took the life of an elderly and completely innocent bystander,” said Acting District Attorney Eric Gonzalez. “He has now been found responsible for this heinous triple homicide, an outcome that will ensure that he will no longer be out on the streets of Brooklyn.”

He was convicted on Tuesday, October 24 on three counts of second-degree murder and one count of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He will be sentenced on November 4, at which time he faces a maximum sentence of 75 years to life in prison.

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