A 17-year-old high school basketball star who was set to attend St. John’s University in the fall was fatally shot in the Bronx late Sunday amid a recent spate in shootings citywide, cops said.
Brandon Hendricks, 17, who graduated from James Monroe High School last week, was gunned down just before midnight on Davidson Avenue near West 176th Street in Morris Heights.
The teen was headed to St. John’s University in Queens on an athletic scholarship this fall, a high-ranking law enforcement source said.
Hendricks’ basketball coach took to Instagram early Monday, calling him a “charismatic, humble young man.”
He was a “remarkable basketball player” but also “inquisitive and intelligent in the classroom,” the coach wrote.
“I’m pretty certain that the bullets that took Brandon’s life were not meant for him,” the coach added. “He wasn’t that kind of a kid. But those bullets should not have been meant for anyone. We need to find a way to get our young brothers to value not just the lives of others, but to value their lives. Two lives were lost last night.”
Last week, 65 shootings were reported citywide — more than doubling the 26 reported during the same period last year, Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said in a Monday morning NY1 interview.