The gunman in a fatal, broad-daylight Staten Island shooting said he fired at a white Mercedes to “spook” the occupants — and told cops later he regretted it because it turned out he grew up with the slain man and felt regretful when he learned who his acquaintance was, cops said.
Godkhaliq Daugherty, 19, was busted Friday in connection to the Sept. 14 slaying of Prince Edmonds, 21, at Richmond Terrace and Lockman Avenue in Mariners Harbor, police said.
Daugherty allegedly walked up to the car around 1 p.m. that day and fired several shots from the driver’s side of the car, where Edmonds was sitting with a 22-year-old man.
Edmonds was struck multiple times in the torso and the older man was hit once in the left shoulder.
Edmonds was taken to Richmond University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
The older man went to the same hospital by private means, with non-life-threatening injuries.
Following his Friday bust, Daugherty was hit with murder, attempted murder, counts of assault, criminal use of a firearm, and weapons possession charges, according to police.
He told police he didn’t know Edmonds was inside, and felt bad because he grew up with him.
It was unclear whether he meant to target the other man.