Brighton Beach Residents React to Boardwalk Shooting

Friday, June 10, 2011

Residents of Brighton Beach, Brooklyn are calling for more police presence after a boardwalk shooting that left a teenage girl dead and four men wounded Thursday.

Sitting on a bench near the crime scene Friday morning, Ida Aroshka said the behavior of young visitors is getting "worse and worse and worse" every year. She says the police could help prevent violence by cracking down on public drunkenness, especially on hot, crowded days like Thursday.

"People are drinking there, and they're smoking weed, and [the police] have to pay attention to this," she says.

Greg Mamlin, who was out walking this morning near the spot where two gunmen opened fire on Thursday said there needs to be more police in the area, especially on hot crowded days like yesterday, so they can see when trouble is brewing.

"You can't have a shooting from nothing, you're gonna have to start from somewhere, obviously there wasn't police to pay attention to what was going on before the shooting," Mamlin said.

Bane Vujinovic was on his way from home from work on the subway just not long before the shooting and was disturbed by what he saw.

"Kids smoking marijuana. No one did nothing. So, where is the police in the train, as we used to have before?" Vujinovic asked.

But while some Brighton Beach residents were calling for more police, Alice Kaufman said a crackdown would be the wrong response to the tragedy, because it would hurt all the law-abiding people who just need a place to get away.

"It's just like paradise on earth here, you know, for city people. And so I hope we can just move through this and not get hung up over it," said Kaufman.

Police say two gunmen opened fire just before 5:30 p.m. Thursday evening, apparently after an altercation on the beach.

Sixteen-year-old Tysha Jones died at Coney Island Hospital.  The hospital says another male victim brought there is in "very critical condition."

Police are looking into whether the shooting was gang-related. No arrests have been made.


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Comments [9]

nic from brooklyn

the news said hes from w 8th street.his he from the marlboro projects?

Jun. 13 2011 07:21 PM
Leon 45 Jones from Cleveland, TX

If guns were outlawed none of this woulda happened yo. We gots to stop the violence before somebody gets hurt. Word

Jun. 12 2011 09:24 AM
Lindsay from NYC

LMAO @ Katie !!! SMH a lil ol 6 figure condo would never get u a private beach in ny !!

Jun. 11 2011 02:18 PM

@Kate: You overpaid. A private beach? Who the F are you to buy some stupid condo near a public beach, and once you have to deal with the public you start crying and want to privatize the beach? If it WERE privatized, believe me you will never bee offered membership - are you then going to cry that it should be public? You overpaid, and you're a sucker. Did you even check out the neighborhood before you purchased? Ever hear of 'buyer beware'? What a loser.

Jun. 11 2011 01:23 PM

I live on Brighton. Paid a super high six figure price for my condo. Yet I feel like I can't even enjoy the area in the summer-time because masses of visitors come from all over with loaded guns. This is not Brighton's first shooting. What about last summer? Every summer - non-stop fights, acohol abuse, marijuana smoking, disrespect, oh yes...and shootings - not from the locals that pay the cash to live here - but from visitors. I was there during the shooting. My two year old and I got trampeld. It was the scariest thing we ever experienced. I saw a lot of police prior (talking amongst themselves. Laughing. Driving kids around in ther vehicles). How about patroling? Thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families. But enough is enough...Brighton Beach needs to become a private beach - Or I OVERPAID for what was once considered a safe neighborhood!!!!

Jun. 11 2011 12:00 AM
morris wise from NYC

This is relatively petty violence. Let us pray that the gangs from Mexico never cross the border and battle for turf on the boardwalk of Brighton Beach. Instead of one death there will be at least 75 dead and thousands wounded. Illegals are willing to die before sharing the drug sales with native born Americans.

Jun. 10 2011 07:01 PM
morris wise from NYC

Thousands of youths running and shouting will frighten even a pet dog, but as long as they respect private property and the civil rights of others they can be tolerated for a few days.

Jun. 10 2011 12:25 PM
moon from brooklyn ny

why cant our gov't do something about gangs. they took down the mafia, black panthers, and they cant do something with these gangs? i live in a place with some of these gangs and u cant even have fun anymore in your neighborhood. damn maybe after this something will get done?

Jun. 10 2011 12:21 PM
yana from Sheepshead bay

The cops are too damn busy giving out tickets for stupid S, like smoking on the beach. How about trying to save some lifes? I'm just thankfull to God that on that day my daughter decided to stay home. I'm sick to my stomach, when I visit Brighton Beach. It should be called Gang Hang out Beach. It use to be very safe on brighton, but now it's nothing but shootings and stabings going on. CLEAN IT UP, DAMN IT.

Jun. 10 2011 12:00 PM

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