Man arrested for stray-bullet killing of 20-year-old tourist visiting Brooklyn

A man has been arrested for the stray-bullet death of a young tourist from Indiana who was killed while sitting on a Brooklyn stoop with friends, police said Thursday.

William Freeman, 26, was arrested and charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon in the death of Ethan Williams, 20.

Father Jason Williams, mother Susan Williams, sister Ella, brother Aidan.

The victim was fulfilling a dream of visiting the Big Apple when he was hit in the chest with the bullet on a staircase on Eldert St. near Bushwick Ave. in Bushwick on Oct. 24, 2020.

Freeman was named a person of interest and police then used facial recognition to identify him as the shooter, cops said.

After missing a court date for a Jan. 3 petty larceny charge, a bench warrant was issued for him.

Officers from the NYPD’s public safety unit arrested Freeman in Brooklyn on Wednesday.

He made statements to police implicating himself as being in involved in Williams’ murder.

20 year old Ethan Williams was pronounced dead at Wyckoff Medical Center after he was found with a gunshot wound to the chest in front of 42 Eldert Street in Brooklyn on Saturday October 24, 2020.

A videographer and avid skateboarder, Williams flew to New York with friends to shoot skateboard videos, police sources said.

He was staying in an Airbnb near the scene when bullets flew.

Unbeknownst to Williams and his friends, they were staying in an area where the TBO gang hangs out.

Williams and his friends may have been mistaken for members of the gang and fired at, police said at the time.

Freeman’s arraignment in Brooklyn Criminal Court was pending Thursday evening.

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