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Violence erupted early Monday ahead of New York City’s West Indian Parade, claiming the life of a 24-year-old male and critically injuring a lawyer appointed to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s staff.

Carey Gabay, 43, was shot in the head by a random bullet at about 3:40 a.m. Monday. The staffer was walking with his brother near Bedford Avenue and Sullivan Place when the incident occurred.

In a statement, Cuomo said the shooting was another reminder that gun violence must stop.

“Early this morning, Carey Gabay – a member‎ of our administration – was shot in Brooklyn. Carey is now in critical condition at Kings County Hospital. Carey is First Deputy General Counsel at Empire State Development and was formerly an Assistant Counsel to the Governor.

“Carey is an outstanding public servant who joined our administration in 2011. He is a Harvard-educated lawyer who works for the State because he wants to give back to others and make a difference. He is just 43 years old and is a kind-hearted man. Carey is a friend to all who have the pleasure of meeting him.

According to NBC, two others were shot ahead of the parade and a 24-year-old died of stab wounds at a nearby hospital.


New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Gabay is currently “fighting for his life.”



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