“I’ve never seen anything that insane in my life,” Michael Hart told News 12 Long Island.
Merchant is accused of shooting Quinones to death on September 11.
Quinones’ mother claims that Merchant was a close friend of her son’s and that she’s shocked that an argument could have escalated to gunfire. She did admit, however, that she “struggled” to keep her son from hanging with the wrong crowd and that he had feared for his life in the weeks before his death.
Merchant, who family members insist was babysitting his sister’s children at the time of the murder, is currently being held without bail and is expected to appear back in court this week.
See footage of the brawl in the video.