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The Bobster 08-05-2019 10:43 AM


Four shot in targeted attack in Crown Heights
By Craig McCarthy and Tina Moore
August 5, 2019 | 9:22am | Updated

Four people were shot in a targeted attack early Monday in Brooklyn, cops said.

At least eight rounds were fired off, police sources told The Post.

The incident happened just before 2 a.m. at the intersection of Sterling and Buffalo avenues in Crown Heights, according to the NYPD.

A 33-year-old man was shot in the chest, a 24-year-old man was shot in the leg, a 33-year-old woman was shot in the back, and a 49-year-old woman was shot in the leg, according to the NYPD.

The men were taken to Kings County Hospital and the women were rushed to Brookdale Hospital. All of the victims were in stable condition as of Monday morning, according to the NYPD.

The Bobster 08-07-2019 11:07 AM


Shootings on the rise in NYC, up 5% in first 7 months of year
By Tina Moore, Craig McCarthy and Bruce Golding


Shootings in the Big Apple rose more than 5% during the first seven months of the year, the NYPD said Tuesday — hours before Mayor Bill de Blasio pledged $9 million to combat gun violence in *Brooklyn.

Official CompStat figures show there were 448 incidents in which at least one person was shot from Jan. 1 through July 31, NYPD brass said during a morning news conference at One *Police Plaza.

That total represents a 5.2% increase over the same time period in 2018, when there were 426 shooting incidents.

The hike was recorded even as total major crimes have dropped 4.1% this year, led by a 12.7% decline in burglaries and a 7.1% drop in murders, the NYPD said.

Monthly figures showed 139 fewer break-ins during July 2019, compared to July 2018 — but an increase in murders, from 28 to 31, and rapes, which rose from 147 to 162.

Shootings dipped slightly for the month, from 89 to 87 — and that included the gang-related mass shooting at the annual “Old Timers Day” block party in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, where 12 people were shot — one fatally — on July 27.

Cops suspect two gunmen opened fire and have offered a $10,000 reward for information that leads to arrests and an indictment in the incident, which one veteran investigator has called “one of the worst, most brazen shootings I’ve ever seen.”

On Tuesday evening, de Blasio — who skipped the CompStat news conference — appeared at a National Night Out Against Crime event in Brownsville, where he announced plans to pay for increased safety *measures.

“A mass shooting, one life lost, 11 injured — we will never let that happen again in Brownsville, will we?” he said. “And we will never go back in Brownsville, only *forward.”

The outlays will include $140,000 for new NYPD security cameras and lighting around the Brownsville Playground, the scene of the mass shooting.

The lion’s share of the cash, $5.2 million, will pay for renovation of the community center in the sprawling Brownsville Houses low-income housing project.

The spending also includes $1 million to expand a violence-disruption program in the NYPD’s 73rd Precinct and another $1 million for the city-run Brooklyn Neighborhood Health Action Center.

Law enforcement sources were skeptical that Hizzoner’s plan would stem the rising tide of gunfire.

“Shootings are going up because there’s no stop, question and frisk,” one high-ranking NYPD official said.

“The perps aren’t afraid to carry guns and cops are afraid to do their jobs. It’s hands off. They’re afraid of getting jammed up. If it’s not in plain view, they’re not going to take action.”

The official also said shootings were likely to “keep going up in the next couple of months with J’Ouvert,” the festival that precedes the annual West Indian Day Parade in Crown Heights on Labor Day weekend.

J’Ouvert has been marred by violence in recent years, with two people fatally shot in 2016 and an aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Carey Gabey, killed in the crossfire between two rival gangs the previous year.

The Bobster 08-11-2019 09:34 AM


Four injured in pair of shootings in troubled Brooklyn neighborhood
By Craig McCarthy
August 11, 2019 | 9:42am

Four people were injured in two separate Brooklyn shootings early Sunday less than an hour apart — in a neighborhood that has seen shootings nearly double this year.

In the first incident, a 29-year-old man was shot four times — three times in the right forearm and once in the hip — on Williams Avenue near Atlantic Avenue just after 3:40 a.m., according to police.

A 19-year-old woman was also hit in the leg by gunfire, according to police.

EMS transported the man to Brookdale Hospital and the woman to Kings County Hospital, where both were stable, cops said.

The shooting was triggered by an unknown dispute, police said. The gunman fled on foot down Williams Avenue, cops said.

About 40 minutes later, a 24-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman were shot outside 717 Atkins Avenue — about two miles from the first shooting, according to police.

The man was shot in the left foot and the woman in the right calf, police said.

It was unclear what sparked the gunfire.

The man was taken to Brookdale Hospital by EMS, and the woman checked herself into Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, according to the NYPD. Both were listed as stable Sunday morning.

The shootings were not believed to be connected.

East New York has had a 94 % increase in shootings compared to last year, according to the most recent crime data. The Brooklyn neighborhood has recorded the most shootings in the city through Aug. 3.

Citywide shootings were up more than 5 % from last year between Jan. 1 and July 31, city officials said last week.

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