The Cuomo administration counsel remains in critical condition after being shot in the head on Monday. Carey Gabay, 43, had been walking in Crown Heights when he was apparently caught in warring gangs' crossfire right before the J'ouvert celebration.
According to police, Gabay was walking north on Bedford Avenue, between Sullivan Place and Montgomery Street, in Brooklyn around 3:41 a.m. "when multiple shots were fired in front of 1680 Bedford Avenue." Gabay, first deputy counsel for Empire State Development, was struck in the head and taken to Kings County Hospital, where he is in a coma.
Based on witnesses' descriptions, the police created a sketch (right) of a male who was at the location at the timing of the shooting. Police say he was wearing a white shirt, black pants and a Jamaican flag around his neck.
Police are offering a $12,500 reward for information related to the shooting. Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also anonymously submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.
Police Commissioner Bratton said, "I'm very confident we will solve that crime... We have a pretty good idea of the two gangs involved. We know everybody in those gangs."
Video of the shooting shows the chaotic scene:
— Kemberly Richardson (@kemrichardson7) September 9, 2015
Police believe that Gabay, who had been with his brother, ducked between cars to avoid the gunshots. Gabay had been counsel to Governor Andrew Cuomo, who remarked the shooting was terrible and "unnecessary," noting how Gabay grew up in public housing and went on to Harvard and Harvard Law and came back to work for the state and not Wall Street.
— Chief Robert Boyce (@NYPDDetectives) September 8, 2015
Gabay's family released a statement saying, "Carey remains in critical condition and is currently in an induced coma surrounded by his loved ones. Our family is thankful for the outpouring of prayers that we've received in the aftermath of this senseless violence. Carey has always been an inspiration to all of us and he continues to inspire us with his fight for survival. We are leaning on our faith and asking for continued support during this extremely difficult time."