New York City Man Suspected of Shooting 16-Year-Old Babysitter Surrenders to Police


The perp wanted for using a .40-caliber submachine gun to kill a teenage baby-sitter — as her terrified 3-year-old nephew looked on — surrendered to cops at a Brooklyn police station on Thursday. 

Taariq Stephens, a 24-year-old man with a half-dozen prior arrests, turned himself in after his lawyer arranged the surrender with police. He was charged with murder and weapon possession late Thursday at the 67th Precinct stationhouse in East Flatbush.

With her dying breath, Shemel Mercurius, 16, gave police her alleged killer’s first name after the Tuesday night shooting, sources said.

A video camera caught the gunman forcing his way inside the home after the teen initially rebuffed his efforts, said NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce.

The motive in the killing remained unclear, and Boyce said initial reports that the killer was Shemel’s boyfriend proved inaccurate.

“From what we can read of the texts, it is not a romantic relationship,” Boyce said. “There’s a lot more to go in this case . . . to figure out.”

Stephens was carrying a powerful Kel-Tec submachine gun when he forced his way into Shemel’s Brooklyn Ave. apartment just before 6 p.m. Thursday.

“He pulls out the stock of the gun before he shoots this young lady,” Boyce said. “He racks three times, leaving three full rounds outside on the hallway.”

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