Bloomberg Blames Illegal Guns for Deadly Shootout Near Parade

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said illegal handguns were to blame for a shootout that killed two — including an innocent bystander — and wounded two police officers just blocks from the route of the West Indian Day Parade round in Brooklyn on Monday.

Two men who began firing at each other around 9 p.m. on Monday near the Crown Heights parade route. The gunman opened fire on police who arrived at the scene, cops said. They returned fire, and one of the men was killed, according to police.

Officer Omar Medina was struck by bullet fragments in the chest and left arm, and Avichaim Dicken received a graze wound above his left elbow. The officers — both eight-year veterans of the force — are expected to recover.

A stray bullet struck and killed Denise Gay, 56, who was sitting on her stoop with her daughter during the shootout.

Bloomberg called Gay's death "a senseless murder," and said the federal government has failed to deal with the problem of illegal handguns.

(Photo by Mansoor Khan)

"This is a national problem requiring national leadership," Bloomberg said. "At the moment, neither end of Pennsylvania Avenue has had the courage to take the basic steps that would save lives."

Earlier in the day, there were three additional shootings along the parade route. One man, a 29-year-old, was shot in the abdomen and critically injured.

The West Indian Day Parade, which was held in the neighborhood hours earlier, was also the site of fatal shootings in 2003 and 2005.


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Comments [4]

pooorpeddler from Monroe NY

Every year thousands of West Indian New Yorkers attend these parades to enjoy themselves and every year a few undesirable cause havoc. Next year make the criminals, drunks and underclass very unwelcome.

Sep. 06 2011 08:06 PM
bernie from bklyn

maybe we can't blame the parade directly but it's the environment created by the parade. EVERY year there is senseless violence and before, during and after this event. enough is enough.
the problem is the people, always the people. the mayor thinks guns are the problem and they certainly contribute but the problem is PEOPLE. people that act like animals because they don't know any better. idiots giving birth to new idiots at an alarming rate w/ no one in their lives to tell them how to act like a human and not an animal. the members of this community will be out protesting because a "lawmaker" was arrested but they won't say a word about how their community is filled with TAKERS, with no regard for anyone else in society. i don't want to hear about the targeting of "men of color". there's a reason why they're targeted. in fact they're not targeted enough by the NYPD in my opinion.

Sep. 06 2011 02:36 PM

Actually, they forced the parade to wrap up even earlier this year. Trucks/floats stopped moving down Eastern Parkway at about 4:30 due to earlier violence (though stalls selling food and souvenirs remained open until 6). So it's extremely unfair to blame this on the parade, which happens to be in a neighborhood where violence is sadly very common. However, other events that occurred during the parade and on the parade route will, unfortunately, lead some to draw conclusions about Caribbean people and our culture.
I just hope everyone in NYC knows that these kids of events do not happen at the carnivals in the islands that the Labor Day parade is modeled after. The violent occurrences that we see in NYC are a domestic phenomenon that we need to address as a city and as a country. It’s terribly sad that it takes a ruined parade to draw the city’s attention to the violence that persists in some of NYC’s neighborhoods…

Sep. 06 2011 01:30 PM
rich king from Canarsie

It is entirely irresponsible for blaming these shootings on the West Indian Day parade: shootings which occurred at 9pm, a good 3 hours after the parade ended at 6pm sharp.
Shoot-outs and killings occur at night on a regular, perhaps daily, basis in this precinct.
It appears awfully prejudicial to blame all nighttime criminal activity in this area of Brooklyn on the daytime carnival, which peacefully accomodates 2 million revellers each year.

Sep. 06 2011 11:27 AM

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