Police: Wald Houses shooting victim a Crip

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON Updated Mon., July 15, 4:52 p.m. | A Crips gang member with a long trail of violence was gunned down outside the Lillian Wald Houses in the East Village early Saturday morning, police said.

On July 13, around 2:46 a.m., police responded to a 911 call for a male shot in the rear of 20 Avenue D, at E. Third St. Responding cops found a 35-year-old man in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the face.

The shooting occurred on the grounds of the Lillian Wald Houses. (File photo)

E.M.S. transported the victim to Bellevue Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead. There are no arrests and the investigation is ongoing.

On Saturday morning, a spokesperson said police were waiting for the victim’s family to be notified before they release his name publicly. Surveillance cameras were being checked for what they may have captured of the shooting and a possible suspect.

“It’s very early,” the spokesperson said. “Detectives are out there doing video canvass.”

As of Monday afternoon, police still were not releasing any more information about a possible suspect — but they did have some new details about the victim, who sported a lengthy rap sheet.

“The victim was a Crip — a gang member,” another police spokesperson said. “He does have a history of violence and weapons possession. He has 28 priors, consisting of assaults and robberies, among others.”

The victim was a male black, but other than that, the spokesperson did not provide further details about the man, including his name or where he lived. A motive for the shooting was not given, either.

“Ballistics have been recovered,” he added, noting this could be dented bullet casings and the like. He did not say if more than one shot had been fired.