Brooklyn was rocked on Sunday morning when a suspected gunman shot down three men on Fleet Walk in a deadly case of triple shooting. The shootings took place between 2 and 3 a.m. in the central courtyard of the Ingersoll Houses on Myrtle Avenue, a housing project in Downtown Brooklyn.
The shooting comes at a time when a fierce debate about the country’s gun laws rages in the public sphere, with many calling for sterner laws to prevent citizens from direct access to firearms, believing it could solve what they see as a crisis of modern America.
According to ABC7 News, Calvin Clinkscales, 43, of Queens, and Lacount Simmons, 39, were both shot in the head and pronounced dead at the scene, while a 76-year old man, Herbert Brown, was shot in the abdomen and succumbed to injuries hours after the incident at the Methodist hospital.
Though the cause behind the shootings remains shrouded in mystery, police have released a surveillance video of the incident, asking members of the public to identify the suspected killer. Tony Herbert, a community activist and advocate who lives in Downtown Brooklyn, asked people to come forward with information about the suspect.
“It is in the best interest of our community for those that have seen anything or heard anything to step forward so that we would be in a better position to get that gun and this individual off the street.”
Law enforcement officials in Brooklyn suspect that the shootings could be drug related, according to Pix 11.
In the video that has been released by the police, a man can be seen reaching out for a bag in a recycle bin which allegedly contained a gun. He then shoots a victim in the head, chasing his two other victims as they unsuccessfully try to evade the bullets.
Neighbors and friends of the victims were appalled by the shootings, with Herbert Brown’s neighbor saying that the Ingersoll residences in Downtown Brooklyn are believed to be one of the safest places in New York’s five boroughs. He believed his friend was just caught up at the wrong time.
“He (Herbert Brown) was a happy going man. He stayed to himself. He was not a trouble maker. Just got caught up in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
The triple shooting in Brooklyn marks a violent weekend in New York, after seven people were killed in three different boroughs of the city, with one shooting taking place in Manhattan, two in the Bronx, and two in Brooklyn. Investigators have asked people to come forward with information which could lead to the indictment of the guilty in their respective communities.
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