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Five people were shot and two died in two separate but connected shootings in Brooklyn


Gun violence in New York City continues to spiral out of control after two separate but ‘likely connected’ shootings on a Brooklyn street took place just minutes apart, leaving two dead and a third victim ‘fighting for his life.’

Around 12:30am Sunday, a gunman shot three men sitting in car that the NYPD said was damaged during a car accident, and then opened fire at a party of 100 to 150 people at an event space down the block. 

Two of the men in the car died – Bronx resident Nicholas Palmer and Queens resident Novada Bailey, both 36. A third unidentified man is in critical condition and ‘fighting for his life,’ the NYPD said during a Sunday afternoon press conference. 

At least two other people were shot and injured during the incident at the Brooklyn Garden Event Space in East New York. 

One victim was rushed to a hospital; the other victim drove himself to a hospital about 24 miles away in Westchester County. 

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One of the five shooting victims is lifted into an ambulance early Sunday morning

A second victim is loaded into the ambulance. It's unclear if this is one of the victims from the car or the party

A second victim is loaded into the ambulance. It’s unclear if this is one of the victims from the car or the party

There were about 100 to 150 people in the Brooklyn event space when gunshots rang out

There were about 100 to 150 people in the Brooklyn event space when gunshots rang out 

NYPD investigate the scene as officers track down a suspect. So far, there have been no arrests

NYPD investigate the scene as officers track down a suspect. So far, there have been no arrests

Scene of the second shooting

Scene of one of the shootings

The Brooklyn Garden Event Space on Wortman Avenue and the corner of Wortman and Georgia avenues are where the two shootings took place. Police said there weren’t any previous calls for criminal activity at this location 

As of Sunday night, there were no arrests. Anyone with information is asked to call or or NYPDTips at 800-577-TIPS.  

The Big Apple – like many metropolitan cities across the US – has been plagued by gun violence. To date, there’s been a 15 percent increase in gun violence over last year, which had the highest recorded crime stats in decades, with 900 shooting incidents so far this year, compared to 777 for the same period of 2020.

Shooting victims have rocketed by 12 percent year-on-year, from 944 between January and the start of August 2020, to 1,057 from the start of this year until last week.  

 In April, de Blasio unveiled his ‘Safe Summer’ program, a plan aimed at ending gun violence that focused on creating disincentives for young people looking to turn to guns by offering them positive alternatives.   

During his Thursday briefing, de Blasio proudly proclaimed that the program has been effective and said in the month of July the NYPD saw ‘extraordinary successes’ to curve violent crime.  

Listing statistics from July, de Blasio noted that murders decreased by 49.1 percent and shootings were down by 35 percent across the New York City. 

The NYPD made 383 gun arrests in July alone, up 133.5 percent compared to last July, the mayor said, while gun arrests in general have gone up 44.5 percent in 2021.

While de Blasio touted the success of his program he failed to mention an ongoing string of violent incidents in the streets of the Big Apple this summer that have led to the NYPD issuing hundreds of pleas to identify suspects. 

During his daily briefing on Thursday, de Blasio proudly proclaimed that the 'Safe Summer' program has been effective and said in July the NYPD curved violent crime

During his daily briefing on Thursday, de Blasio proudly proclaimed that the ‘Safe Summer’ program has been effective and said in July the NYPD curved violent crime

Shootings so far this year have steadily increased since January, with a small dip in June and July

Shootings so far this year have steadily increased since January, with a small dip in June and July

Rapes in New York City were up 3.1 percent so far this year, with 842 reported as of August 1, compared to 817 in the same period of 2020

Rapes in New York City were up 3.1 percent so far this year, with 842 reported as of August 1, compared to 817 in the same period of 2020

According to the mayor, the summer month of July is usually one of the most violent in the city but the NYPD ‘rose to the challenge’ and was able to suppress gun violence and executed an impressive number of gang takedowns.  

‘The gang takedowns mean taking a lot of bad guys off of the streets and at the same time a lot of shooters off the streets, this is crucial,’ de Blasio noted.

Overall since the safe summer program was launched in May, murders have gone down 26 percent, shootings decreased 10 percent and shooting victims are down 11 percent.

‘There is more to do, but the NYPD is moving and making an impact,’ de Blasio said. 

While de Blasio took his victory lap many New Yorkers are wondering if the program is actually working as the city is inundated with violent crime. 

Just five days ago – on August 4 – a woman was executed in a brazen, point-blank shooting four miles away in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn. 

A female shooter got out of her car with a gun behind her back, casually walked up to Delia Johnson, a mom of one, and shot her in the back of the head in front of other people before getting back in her car and driving away.  

Shocking video shows the female assassin raising a gun to a woman on a Brooklyn sidewalk and shooting her dead. The victim, named by police as Delia Johnson, 42, was speaking to a group on a stoop in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, when she was shot in the head.

Shocking video shows the female assassin raising a gun to a woman on a Brooklyn sidewalk and shooting her dead. The victim, named by police as Delia Johnson, 42, was speaking to a group on a stoop in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, when she was shot in the head.

Former NYPD commissioner Bill Bratton pushed the ‘Broken Windows’ theory of criminology to curtail the surging crime rates in a 2019 op-ed in the Daily News, which he updated and posted on his website on August 7.   

Essentially, the ‘broken windows’ theory says stopping minor but visible crime or anti-social behavior like vandalism or fare evasion is the key to preventing serious crimes.   

Bratton, who earned the nickname ‘supercop’ for helping clean up the streets of New York City and Los Angeles, credits this theory for drastically reducing the out-of-control crime rates in New York City in the 1990s and 2000s. 

Bill Bratton, former NYC police commissioner under mayors Rudy Giuliani and Bill de Blasio, pushed the 'broken windows' theory in a recent post on his website

Bill Bratton, former NYC police commissioner under mayors Rudy Giuliani and Bill de Blasio, pushed the ‘broken windows’ theory in a recent post on his website

‘Beat cops were proving that addressing little things before they got big worked,’ he said. 

But in today’s climate of reimaging policing and the criminal justice system, this aggressive approach to reducing crime has ‘fallen out of favor’, although he argues that it shouldn’t have. 

 ‘We didn’t mandate “zero-tolerance” enforcement, because broken windows as I’ve practiced it has always hinged on officer discretion,’ Bratton said. 

‘But we knew that serious crime is more likely to occur in a lawless environment — and unaddressed low-level disorder signals lawlessness.

‘We also quickly learned that the serious criminals committed petty crimes, too. As it turns out, muggers don’t pay the fare. A subway criminal arrested for a misdemeanor rather than a felony wouldn’t go to prison, but he wouldn’t be victimizing anyone for a while, either.’



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