'The Department has identified multiple suspects and is in the process of interviewing some of them at this time.
The NYPD said more arrests are anticipated. Lesandro Guzman-Feliz's murder received national attention for the sheer brutality of it, and for what investigators said they believed was a case of mistaken identity, reports the New York Post.
According to police, the mortally wounded boy never reached the hospital and collapsed a block away.
Police said the victim knew the suspects and the attack could have been gang-related; however, his sister said he was not involved in any such activities.
Guzman-Feliz, known as Junior in the neighbourhood, was headed to repay $5 to a friend before ending up in a dispute outside the store.
Three of the suspects were picked up in Paterson, New Jersey and two were picked up in the Bronx, officials report. The video shows the assailants fleeing the scene in a black sedan.
He then was seen running across the street, heading towards the nearby St Barnabas Hospital.
Guzman-Feliz's attack was caught on surveillance footage. The suspects bolted and Guzman-Feliz ran over to the hospital across the street, where he died.
"He tried to run into the store because he thought he'd be safe". Collado-Feliz described her younger brother as a "good kid" who enjoyed playing video games like Fortnite and 2K "live every 15-year-old", she said. "I don't understand how they let the store owners or employees or whoever is there let him come back out like that, when he's cut in the main artery", the victim's sister-in-law, Ione Feliz, told ABC-7.
"He [the gang leader] said they kicked all of them out of the gang", Grullon said.
According to the New York Post, a still photo of the unidentified youth with the gang ties from the porn flick "juxtaposed with an image of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz", has made its rounds on social media since the murder.