A man busted for gunning down a Brooklyn teen five days before Christmas showed up in his victim’s neighborhood to look for him twice before the fatal clash, heartbroken family members said Saturday.
Donovan Boomer, 25, and several other men went seeing for Jose Osoria in Williamsburg one month before the fatal Dec. 20 shooting on Havemeyer St.
They showed up again two weeks before the killing, the relatives said.
On the night of the killing, Osoria, 19, was playing video games at a friend’s home when another friend called just after midnight and said someone was looking for them outside.
When the teen and his friend stepped outdoors, Boomer, a resident of Queens, opened fire, hitting them both.
“All Jose’s friends said that he didn’t know (Boomer) and the guy all of a sudden pulls a gun and goes boom, boom, boom!” Osoria’s uncle Jose Soto, 52, said.
Osoria was hit in the leg and back. He was rushed to Woodhull Hospital, where he died.
His friend, Julio, 20, was shot in the shoulder and survived.
A motive for the killing was not immediately disclosed by police.
In their search for suspects, cops released surveillance images of two men who approached Osoria before the shooting broke out.
The suspects were last seen fleeing the area in a white sedan.
Detectives arrested Boomer on Friday, and charged him with murder, attempted murder, assault and weapons possession. His arraignment was pending Saturday in Brooklyn Criminal Court.
Osoria’s friends told his family that no one knew who Boomer was — but that they had seen him in the neighborhood two weeks earlier.
When Boomer fired his gun, he called Osoria’s name, the friends said.
Osoria’s friends are puzzled as to why Boomer and his companions looked for him in the weeks before the killing.
“We never thought that something like this would happen,” Soto said earnestly.
Osoria’s parents wiped away tears as they recalled the six-month-old murder, but said they were gratified that their son’s killer was behind bars.
“It’s not going to bring my son back, but at least there is going to be justice,” Osoria’s mother Alida Mejia, 47, told the News through a translator as she kissed a photo of her son.
Osoria’s father Jose Osoria Sr. was also happy about the arrest — but still wants to know why his son was targeted.
“I feel more relaxed knowing that he is not on the streets anymore and he won’t be doing this to anyone else,” he said. “This wasn’t a street fight. It was something else. They were following him and watching him.”
“Then they found him,” he said.