Shooter sought for injuring two young men in Brooklyn drive-by

A man was shot in the head, another man was shot in shoulder on Ralph Avenue in Canarsie, Brooklyn on April 17, 2021.
Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

Police in Brooklyn are on the hunt for the shooter who opened fire on two young men and wounded them in a drive-by attack on Saturday night.

Law enforcement sources said the shooting occurred at about 9:20 p.m. on April 17 in front of a store at 1559 Ralph Ave. in Canarsie.

According to authorities, the two victims — an 18-year-old man and a 19-year-old man — sat inside a silver BMW at the location when a white sedan pulled up alongside them.

An unidentified gunman inside the sedan then began firing shots at the pair, striking the 18-year-old in the shoulder and grazing the 19-year-old in the head. 

Following the ambush attack, the victims sped away from the scene, but stopped about a half-mile away on Avenue H in Flatlands and called for help.

Police examine the shooting scene on Ralph Avenue in Canarsie, Brooklyn on April 17, 2021.Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

Officers from the 69th Precinct responded to the incident. Paramedics brought the 18-year-old man to Brookdale University Hospital, and the 19-year-old man to Kings County Hospital. Both are expected to recover from their injuries.  

At this point in the ongoing investigation, detectives have not yet established a motive for the shooting, or a description of the shooter. No arrests have been made.

Anyone with information regarding the shooting can call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (for Spanish, dial 888-57-PISTA). You can also submit tips online at nypdcrimestoppers.com, or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls and messages are kept confidential.