This weekend marked a disturbing surge in gun violence, in which at least 48 people were shot in the city. Most recently, last night, two cops were wounded in a gunfight in Crown Heights, and three people were killed — one of them a 56-year-old woman named Denise Gay, who was hit in the head by a stray bullet while sitting on a nearby stoop with her adult daughter.
Also killed was Eusi Johnson, 29, who was shot by Leroy Webster, 32, a man Police Commissioner Ray Kelly described as having an extensive criminal history, including criminal possession of a firearm and assault and drug charges. Webster and Johnson reportedly had a fistfight that turned to gunfire at about 9 p.m. last night. Webster fired some 50 or 60 shots, according to witnesses, and was eventually mortally wounded by cops, two of whom he hit and wounded in the shootout. The officers were in stable condition as of last night.
An 18-year-old man, Tyrief Gary, was also killed over the weekend, at a cookout in East Flatbush; three others were wounded. And during the West Indian Day Parade yesterday at least four people were shot, and one man stabbed. According to the Wall Street Journal, at least 10 were dead and more than 50 people had been injured since Friday morning. The Daily News runs down a list of the various shootings over the weekend.
Mayor Bloomberg blamed the increased violence on illegal guns and said federal action is needed “to take basic steps that would save lives.”
“It was a bad weekend, no question about that,” Mr. Bloomberg said. “And the bottom line is we’ve just got to redouble the efforts.”