Alleged MS-13 member says he was breaking up fight in Queens subway attack

February 06, 2019 - 1:21 pm

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City prosecutors say an alleged MS-13 gang member accused of killing a man on a subway platform claims he picked up a gun while breaking up a fight and that his mind ``went black'' after a shot fired.

Ramiro Gutierrez was arraigned Tuesday on murder and other charges stemming from Sunday's killing at a 7-train station in Queens.

In his State of the Union speech on Tuesday, President Donald Trump mentioned the incident as an example of MS-13-linked violence.

Police say the dead man, 20-year-old Abel Mosso, belonged to a rival gang.

The 26-year-old Gutierrez faces up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted.

He was out on bail after pleading not guilty in connection with a December plot to steal $80,000 from a Queens home.