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Brooklyn Teen Shot After Cutting Nike Air Foamposite Pro Line


The sneaker game is getting all too real, and violent. On Saturday (April 19), a Brooklyn teen who cut a long line of people outside a Foot Locker waiting to buy Nike Air Foamposite Pros in a special “Yeezy” colorway, was shot for his trouble. 

This story has more layers than a poor kid trying to cop sneakers got caught up in the crossfire, though.

Reports the New York Daily News:

The victim, identified by friends as Isaiah Martinez, was shot early Saturday as he tried to buy a pair of Kanye West-designed sneakers from a Brooklyn Foot Locker, cops and witnesses said.

Martinez apparently cut a long line of eager customers looking to buy the new Nike Air Foamposite Pro “Yeezy” sneakers moments before the 6 a.m. shooting outside the Knickerbocker Ave. store, near Stanhope St., in Bushwick.

“There were people camped out for the sneakers and Isaiah tried to cut the line,” said Edison Cartagena, 21, who described himself as a Martinez pal.

Those patiently waiting for their chance to buy the $250 sneakers at 8 a.m. were outraged by Martinez’s move and demanded he go to the back of the line, said Cartagena, who works at a nearby clothing store.

Usually this part of the story is where there may be a scuffle, authorities are called and after some drama everything goes back to relative normal, right? Wrong. 

It turns out that Martinez was blatantly not trying to follow proper protocol, and ended up catching a hot lead in his foot. 


“They get into a scuffle and one of the guys on line left and told Isaiah he was coming back with a gun,” Cartagena said. “He came back and just fired off four shots.”


“He probably shot him in the foot just to scare him off,” he said. “You know, send a message.’


Paramedics took the teen to Woodhull Hospital with a nonlife-threatening wound.


“I don’t think anyone should lose their life over a pair of sneakers,” Cartagena said. “Thankfully he’s okay. The whole thing is just crazy.”


Other witnesses said Isaiah mouthed off to the shooter before bullets started flying.


“I guess he tried to get tough with one of the guys he cut,” said witness Jayson Roque, 23, who works at a nearby GameStop. “One of them left and came back with a gun and shot him.

The stores opening was delayed until 11 am but it seems like those on line still got their kicks. 

Check out photos of the shoes in question on the following pages. Are they worth a bullet? We’re going to say, No.

Photo: Wish ATL

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  • tammy

    This is what I been talking about …young blacks kids…being seriously injured or killed for a pair of expensive sneakers. Parents need to teach their kids differently. Those sneakers can’t feed u…help your health..get u a good education. They feel pressured to have the latest sneakers..all the ” hip kids” got the latest sneakers.


      it’s not just sneakers it’s disrespect. I don’t care what it was he had no right to cut that line. During the hurricane some years ago in Florida we were in gas lines and people were trying to cut the line. People pulled out their guns because this was serious then came the national guard with M-16 guns. What this kid did was dead a** wrong and he got what he deserved as far as I’m concerned.

      • ObservintheATL

        I hear you and agree but, I’m more inclined to believe he deserved a beatdown. Pulling out firearms isn’t the answer. That could have gone horribly wrong. Other people could have been accidentally hit. The young  shooter could have murdered instead of just wounded that fool. Then, his life would be over too.

    • chani


  • bozack69

    Everyone on that line should have been shot (not literally) for caring more about a hood ‘status symbol’ than probably your own seed!

    • ObservintheATL

      Wonder how many crying broke, not paying their utilities or rent on time and maybe even getting food stamps but, found money to put into Kanye and Nike’s pockets. SMH

      • ysit

        Why are you so interested about a group of people buying basketball shoes??

      • ObservintheATL

        It’s not interest. This was a response to another post.

    • ysit

      There not just sold in the hood…or america…weird that you veiw shoes as a status symbol…

  • Dadd Spyduh-Mayne Jones

    Shooting folks over shoes.. wow smh!!!! Damn i hope those shoes were worth it

  • DRUNK247


  • Sambo King Dingaling

    B itch made fools!

  • Dafuk

    And in other news, the sky is still blue.

  • Dafuk

    Just last week a bushnig speared another bushnig, for his brand new nose bone

  • Tyree’sMom

    This is why we last in everything. We just dumb, antiquated farm implements.

  • VinnyMaruggi

    Typical nìggèr nonsense. Nothing to see here. Move along people.

  • ysit



    Somebody got shot and died in atl two years ago. ..ppl better watch that cutting in line sh it sneaker heads will shoot you

  • FiFi London

    What tha what?