Caught in the middle of the gun fight……
A man was killed and several more people injured — one of them an aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo — during a series of stabbings and shootings in the lead-up to Monday’s West Indian Day Parade in New York City, police said.
The stabbing death and the first shooting happened at Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza after violence broke out about 2 a.m. near where a separate predawn march was scheduled to start at 4 a.m.
One man had a gunshot wound and another was stabbed, police said. The two men were taken to New York Methodist Hospital in the nearby Park Slope neighborhood, where the stabbing victim, age 24, died from his injuries. The shooting victim, 21, was shot in the buttocks. He is expected to recover.
Meanwhile, the Cuomo aide, Carey Gabay, 43, who is the Empire State Development first deputy counsel, was shot in the head in nearby Crown Heights about 3:40 a.m., police said, adding that he was caught in the crossfire as two gangs fired at one another. Emergency responders transported him to Kings County Hospital, where he was listed in grave condition. No arrests have made been, police said.
“I’m the governor of the state of New York, and there’s not a thing I can do,” Cuomo told reporters after he visited Gabay’s family at Kings County Hospital. “There’s not a thing I can say, and there’s nothing I can do. And sometimes it just hurts.”
In an earlier statement, Cuomo said: “Carey is an outstanding public servant who joined our administration in 2011. He is a Harvard-educated lawyer who works for the state because he wants to give back to others and make a difference. He is just 43 years old and is a kind-hearted man.”