Earlier this week, Bronx 16-year-old Corey Dunton opened fire on skaters in Manhattan’s usually tranquil Bryant Park ice rink. Dunton then fled the scene (and updated his Facebook, a lot), leaving two victims: 20-year-old Javier Contreras and 14-year-old Adonis Mera. Contreras was struck in the hand and hip, while Mera was hit in the back–his family fears he may be paralyzed.
As for the cause of the violence: Dunton wanted Contreras’ Marmot Mammoth parka. He allegedly opened fire after Contreras refused to give it to him.
The jacket, which retails for $600-700 is so-called the “Biggie” because sizes go all the way up to XXXXL. One Paragon Sports employee tells New York that the jacket had a cult following (and was one of the few they carried above XL) but the manufacturer stopping making them last year–likely because the incident at Bryant Park wasn’t the first time violence had erupted over one of the parkas. Says the employee:
“They stopped after they made the 2012 coat. Even though it had a cult following, there was bad association with it. People were getting robbed for them, and a guy got killed over his coat a few years ago.”
And more than just “a guy:” though the employee is probably referring to the death of 18-year-old Malik Jenkins in 2011, Contreras isn’t even the first New Yorker this year to be the victim of violence over the Biggie. Vice covered the phenomenon some nine months ago.
Dunton was charged Sunday night with attempted murder, assault, criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment.