A 24-year-old man was shot 12 times outside of a Brooklyn apartment building and miraculously survived, officials said.
Jonathan Adams and a friend were standing outside of an apartment building near the intersection of Franklin and Union Street in Crown Heights when more than 50 shots were fired at them at 2:15 a.m., reports NY Daily News.
According to New York Police, Adams was hit repeatedly in the lower abdomen and groin area. Witnesses said the gunmen were in a white car with red stripes and unloaded fire on the two men.
Adams’ friend, 33, was shot in the foot during the shootout.
“Fifty-two bullets rang out. That’s a lot of shell casings and a lot of bullets,” stunned community activist Tony Herbert told NY Daily News. “These kids are going after each other like they’re in Iraq.”
Adams was rushed to Kings County Hospital, where he remained in critical condition Friday, cops said.
Adams’ sister stayed with him through the morning. She said he was holding his own.
“We’re just trying to get through it,” she said.
Police said that no arrests have been made, and officers are searching for surveillance video captured on the block that may offer clues to the attackers’ identities.
A motive has not been disclosed, but residents said that the area is a known drug spot.
“There is constant gang activity and drug activity on that street,” one neighbor told the Daily News. “Every year this happens when the weather gets warmer, at night. The NYPD will put two cops there for a week or two, then pull them, and the violence will happen all over again.”
Herbert said the shooting was the result of a long-standing feud between two neighborhood crews.
“A group of males from Franklin Ave. are at war with a group of males from Ebbets Field,” Herbert said. “Shootings between the groups have increased over the last few months and we are calling for those involved to end this beef now.”
According to officials, Adams has been arrested eight times, mostly for nonviolent offenses such as credit card fraud and marijuana possession.
As of Sunday, there have been 230 shootings citywide this year, down from 260 during the same period last year, an 11.5 percent drop, reports NY Daily News. Only two of which took place in Crown Heights’ 71st precinct.
Murders are also down citywide by 18 percent, officials said.
In 2013, the city of New York debuted an interactive crime map created by the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications that enables the public to search and access basic data on felony crime occurrences by location. The map is accessible through the NYPD website.
The website provides felony crime information for the prior calendar year, current year, and by month within the current year.
“With unprecedented population levels, New York City is safer than ever, with homicides on pace this year to fall below recent historic lows,” former New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said in a 2013 statement. “This administration has relied on data to drive its crime fighting, and this map helps enhance New Yorkers’ and researchers’ understanding of where felony and violent crime persists.”
Anyone with information on the Union St. shooting is asked to call NYPD Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.
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