Brooklyn’s 75th Precinct saw two separate, fatal shootings in four hours’ time on Wednesday night, leaving a pair of men deceased.
Wednesday’s murders occurred following an August that saw murders and shootings drop citywide, according to the NYPD. The 75th Precinct had also recorded declines in homicides (from 6 to 2) and shooting incidents (from 7 to 4) during the 28-day period that concluded on Sept. 4.
The citywide declines were largely attributed to the NYPD’s summer violence reduction program, which saw the department deploy additional officers to crime-heavy precincts and provide greater community outreach and youth engagement.
Police said the first homicide on Sept. 7 happened at about 7:10 p.m. in front of an apartment house at 781 Belmont Ave. in East New York.
Responding officers found the victim, a 29-year-old man, shot numerous times in the head, neck and torso inside a parked vehicle at the location.
EMS units rushed the victim to Interfaith Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later. Police have withheld his identity, pending family notification.
Police sources did not have information Thursday morning about a possible motive for the shooting. Detectives are looking for the suspected gunman, described as a Black man in a black sweatshirt who fled the scene on foot after the shooting.
Roughly four hours later, the 75th Precinct found itself at the scene of its second murder of the evening, in front of a home on Sheffield Avenue off Hegeman Avenue in New Lots.
There, police located a 28-year-old man who suffered a gunshot wound to his chest.
Responding EMS units pronounced the victim dead at the location. Police have withheld his identity, pending family notification.
So far, detectives have yet to ascertain a possible motive for the shooting. Sources familiar with the case said police are looking into a possible connection between the victim and local gangs.
Police described the suspect in the murder as a Black man wearing a multi-colored shirt who fled on foot after the shots rang out.
No arrests have been made thus far in either murder case, police sources said.
Anyone with information regarding the murders can call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (for Spanish, dial 888-57-PISTA). You can also submit tips online at crimestoppers.nypdonline.org, or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls and messages are kept confidential.