Five people with ties to a Coney Island-based street gang were arraigned in federal court this week on charges of murder in aid of racketeering, robberry, unlawful use of firearms, and other offenses, according to prosecutors.
Tysheen Cooper, Sharod and Michael Liburd, and Maurice Washington were members of “West End Enterprise,” a gang located around Surfside Gardens, Sea Rise Apartments, and Gravesend Houses, according to the indictment.
The group is alleged to have distributed narcotics, intimidated witnesses, and shot rivals in retaliation. They allegedly carried out illegal activity from 2011-2017.
In one instance, the group was allegedly responsible for the murder of Antwon Flowers in a retaliatory killing in January after a leader of “West End Enterprise” was gunned down in East New York.
Gabriale Herbert, the fifth defendant listed, allegedly took part in a gunpoint robbery with Cooper and Sharod Liburd.
“People usually think of Coney Island as a fun place to ride the rides, and have a hot dog on the beach,” said FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William F. Sweeney. “The men charged in this case created a dirty underbelly in a family oriented place, accused of murder, violence and criminal behavior… These dangerous gangs don’t have a place on Coney Island, or in any community, and the FBI won’t relent in pursuing cases targeting their leadership.”
The indictment is the fifth in what is described as an ongoing investigation by the government to target gang activity in Coney Island.