Parade Violence Kills 1 Injures 4
Violence shook up Brooklyn’s West Indian Day Parade once again on Monday, with a fatal stabbing and shootings that left 4 injured. Carey Gabay, a 43-year-old lawyer who does work in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration, was shot in the head and critically wounded around 3:40 a.m., two blocks from Prospect Park.
Gabay’s condition remained critical on Monday night, as stated by a spokeswoman for the governor.
The shooting was among a number of outbursts of violence in the local communities encompassing the parade, that included the stabbing death of a 24-year-old man at 2 a.m. near Grand Army Plaza.
West Indian Day Parade Violence
Police have not yet given out the victim’s name or more information pertaining to the stabbing.
No arrests have made been in either incident, police said.
Bloodshed right before or right after the West Indian Day celebration has turned into an unfortunately familiar part of the parade pattern. In 2014, a recent parolee fired into a crowd of onlookers, killing one man and injuring several others. And in 2013, a 1-year-old boy sitting in his stroller was killed by a bullet meant for his father.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton dismissed talk of scuttling the pre-parade events– which center on a surreal midnight march referred to as J’Ouvert– and said the New York Police Department was partnering with local leaders to make the celebration more secure. There was a heavy police presence along the route, and several NYPD helicopters hovered overhead.
Violence at NY West Indian Day Parade
The parade attracted hundreds of thousands of people to the stretch along Eastern Parkway. pumping bass lines thumps along the route, driving outlandishly clothed participants to dance and those along the sidelines to bob their heads as they ate native foods.
2014 West Indian Day Parade
Last year, one man opened fire into a crowd of people, killing one man and injuring several others. The year before that, a 1-year-old boy was killed in his stroller by a bullet meant for his father.