A Brooklyn man was formally hit with murder charges a week after allegedly killing a rival during a shootout, police reported.
Authorities said Christopher Mackins, 30, of Riverdale Avenue was wounded in the shootout with Russel Hazelton, 29, in front of an apartment house at 44 Lewis Ave. in Bedford-Stuyvesant at about 5:15 a.m. on Sept. 16.
Sources familiar with the investigation said that Mackins allegedly got into a dispute with Hazelton, who lived on Vernon Avenue, at the location moments before the gunfight erupted.
Cops said Mackins shot Hazelton multiple times about the body, but Hazelton managed to shoot the suspect in the neck. Mackins was able to flee the scene but collapsed a short distance away, in front of 36 Ditmars St.
Officers from the 79th Precinct, upon arriving at the scene, found Hazelton on Lewis Avenue with multiple gunshot wounds about the body. EMS rushed him to Woodhull Hospital, where he died.
Cops located Mackins at the Ditmars Street location. EMS brought him to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition. Shortly thereafter, police placed him in custody.
Mackins was charged on Sept. 22 with murder and criminal possession of a weapon.